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High Angle Rope Rescue Techniques, Fourth Edition
Levels I & II

Author(s): Tom Vines, Civilian Deputy for Search and Rescue (ret.), Carbon County Sheriff's Search and Rescue, Red Lodge, Montana
Steve Hudson, President, Pigeon Mountain Industries, Inc., Deputy Director, Walker County Emergency Management, Lafayette, Georgia
  • ISBN-13: 9781284026955
  • Paperback    508 pages      © 2016
Price: $100.95 US List
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Your Definitive High Angle Rope Rescue Guide!

The fourth edition of High-Angle Rope Rescue Techniques: Levels I & II provides comprehensive coverage of all aspects of high-angle rescue, including planning, PPE and equipment, medical considerations, evacuations, and special rescue operations. Based on the 2013 edition of NFPA 1006, Standard for Technical Rescuer Professional QualificationsHigh-Angle Rope Rescue Techniques: Levels I & II provides a broad overview of all rescue techniques to meets the needs of fire service, search and rescue, and many other rope rescue professionals.

The fourth edition has been updated to include:

  • Coverage of new protective equipment, terminology, rescue products, and techniques.
  • All new Skill Drills that provide step-by-step instruction on how to execute important skills and procedures.  
  • New You Are the Rope Rescuer and Rope Rescuer in Action case studies that help readers develop and apply critical thinking skills.
  • Separation of High-Angle Rope Rescue I and II Level content throughout the textbook and instructor resources.


Chapter  1  The High-Angle Environment
Chapter  2  Personal Equipment and Protection
Chapter  3  Rope and Related Equipment
Chapter  4  Care and Use of Rescue Rope and Related Equipment
Chapter  5  Basic High-Angle Hardware
Chapter  6  Knots
Chapter  7  Anchoring
Chapter  8  Belaying of One-Person Loads
Chapter  9  Rappelling
Chapter  10  Basic Ascending Techniques
Chapter  11  Rescue Preplanning and Response
Chapter  12  Medical Considerations in High-Angle Rescue
Chapter  13  Rescue Belaying
Chapter  14  Pickoff Rescue Techniques
Chapter  15  Use of Litters in High-Angle Rescue
Chapter  16  Low-Angle Evacuation
Chapter  17  High-Angle Lowering
Chapter  18  Hauling Systems
Chapter  19  Tower Rescue
Chapter  20  Highlines
Chapter  21  Helicopter Rescue Operations
Chapter  22  Testing of Systems and Equipment
Appendix  A  NFPA 1006, Standard for Technical Rescuer Professional Qualifications, 2013 Edition Correlation Guide

Tom Vines-Civilian Deputy for Search and Rescue (ret.), Carbon County Sheriff's Search and Rescue, Red Lodge, Montana

Tom Vines has a wide spectrum of experience in urban and backcountry emergency services, along with years of work in training emergency responders and in publications.

While in the east coast, he provided consulting services on high angle rope techniques to the Washington DC Metropolitan Police Special Operations Division and to the

National Headquarters of The International Association of Firefighters. While there, he responded to search and rescue calls to backcounty areas that included vertical cave


While in Montana, he served a Civilian Deputy for Search and Rescue (ret) for Carbon County and worked search and rescue responses in the mountain areas of Carbon County

and adjoining Stillwater County. In nearby Yellowstone National Park, he has joined in mutual response training with national park rangers in specialties such as helicopter

rappelling and helicopter short haul operations.

His medical experience includes ambulance service in Billings, Montana and as an instructor in wilderness EMS.

On the national scene, he helped establish and coordinate the International Technical Rescue Symposium (ITRS). For 20 years, he edited the “Rescue Report,” column, a review

and analysis of actual rescue incidents nationwide. In addition to the three previous editions of High Angle Rescue Techniques, he was co-author for

Confined Space and Structural Rope Rescue.

Additional Titles by this Author

Steve Hudson-President, Pigeon Mountain Industries, Inc., Deputy Director, Walker County Emergency Management, Lafayette, Georgia


Instructor's ToolKit CD

ISBN-13: 9781284050691

Preparing for class is easy with the resources on this CD, including:

  • Adaptable PowerPoint presentations that provide you with a powerful way to make presentations that are educational and engaging to your students.  These slides can be modified and edited to meet your needs.
  • Lecture outlines that provide you with complete, ready-to-use lecture outlines that include all of the topics covered in the text. Offered in Word Documents, the lecture outlines can be modified and customized to fit your course.
  • Electronic test bank that includes multiple-choice and scenario-based questions, and allows you to originate tailor-made classroom tests and quizzes quickly and easily by selecting, editing, organizing, and printing a test along with an answer key, including page references to the text.
  • Image and table bank that provides you with a selection of the most important images and tables found in the textbook.  You can use them to incorporate more images into the PowerPoint presentations, make handouts, or enlarge a specific image for further discussion.

The resources found in the Instructor’s ToolKit CD have been formatted so that you can seamlessly integrate them into popular course administration tools.


Field Guide to Accompany High Angle Rescue Techniques, Third Edition

ISBN-13: 9781284043914

Convenient and easy to carry, this unique field guide provides easy access to a variety of common high angle situations and procedures in the field. The High Angle Rescue Techniques Field Guide offers:

  • Easy portability making it ideal for rescuers, students, and trainers
  • Comprehensive coverage of NFPA and OSHA guidelines
  • Scores of illustrations, including diagrams of important ropes and knots procedures
  • Equipment lists for procedures to aid rescuers in preparation