Clackamas Community College

Search and Rescue (SAR)

SAR-102  Rescue Craft: Systems, Knots, and Anchors  
2 credits, Not Offered Every Term  

This course covers an introduction to basic components of a rope rescue system. The course presents common rescue skills, current technology, and identification of risk factors in rope rescue. It covers proper application and use of common rescue equipment to limit risk. Understanding advantages and disadvantages of anchors and anchors systems for single person and rescue loads is also covered. Students will get in-class, hands-on experience with knot craft, mechanical advantage systems as well as natural and artificial anchors. This course meets the requirements for NFPA Firefighter 1-Rope and Knots as well as DPSST Course Number: 15F042/17F019.

SAR-103  Rappelling and Self Rescue  
1 credits, Not Offered Every Term  

The course covers the skills and techniques required to safely leave a vertical realm in an emergency. Students will be introduced to rappelling, self and partner rescue in sport climbing which includes planning and anticipating potential challenges throughout the rescue. Students will learn the skill and technique differences between personal and partner rescue through theoretical and hands-on practice in several systems.

SAR-201  Technical Rope Rescue: Operations Level  
1 credits, Not Offered Every Term  

This course provides students with the fundamentals of rope rescue in the low-angel environment. Students learn and practice skills pre-planning and size-up of rope rescue operations, knots, anchor systems, belay operations, ascending and descending lines, mechanical advantage systems, patient packaging & litter attending. Students learn how to safely navigate low-angle or over-the-bank rescue situations and assist rescuers in high-angle environments. Completion of the TRR:OL class satisfies the requirements in NFPA 1670 and 1006 for Technical Rope Technician level training and is recognized by Oregon DPSST.

Recommended Prerequisite Or Corequisite: SAR-102  
SAR-202  Technical Rope Rescue: Technician Level  
2 credits, Not Offered Every Term  

This course is designed to take students from basic over-the-bank rescues to progressively more vertical scenarios. Students learn and practice such skills as preplanning, size-up and scene management, ascending and descending, belaying, mechanical advantage systems, lowering and raising systems, patient packaging and litter attending, tethers, and highlines. Completion of the TRR:TL class satisfies the requirements in NFPA 1670 and 1006 for Technical Rope Technician level training and is recognized by Oregon DPSST. In addition, Technician level training is mandatory for inclusion on many Federal Emergency Management Agency Teams at different levels.

Recommended Prerequisites: SAR-102 and SAR-201  
SAR-203  Technical Rope Rescue: Advanced/Specialist  
2 credits, Not Offered Every Term  

This course is for rope rescue team members who already have completed a comprehensive basic training and want to continue to specialize. This training continues where the introductory course finishes. This course examines advanced technical solutions. It elaborates on the use of multi-pods, monopod and A-frames, various configurations of steep, diagonal and horizontal spans, the use of multiple track lines in highline operations, industrial lead climbing, loads and forces, incident management and scenario training. This training is consistent with NFPA 1670 and 1006 standards for technician level.

Prerequisites: SAR-202