ASTM F2955 - 19 - Standard Guide for Training for Advanced Rope Rescuer Endorsement

ASTM F2955 - 19

Standard Guide for Training for Advanced Rope Rescuer Endorsement

Status : Current   Published : April 2019



1.1 This guide, in conjunction with, and as an add-on to, Guides F2751, F2752, and F2954 (or equivalent for other environments), defines the basic training required for a person who participates in rope rescue at the highest level of responsibility and complexity, as part of a larger rescue duty.

1.1.1 Specifically, this guide defines the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for a person to support or direct a rope rescue team in advanced rope rescue functions including pre-planning and size-up of rope rescue operations, designing and directing the construction of rope systems for moving a victim in low and high angle environments, directing the construction and operation of highline and related rope systems, and performing advanced rope rigging functions, in conjunction with other rescue duties.

1.1.2 This guide establishes the minimum training standard for an advanced rope rescue endorsed person in regard to general, field, and rope rescue-specific knowledge and skills.

1.2 An advanced rope rescuer performs rope rescues in all terrain and is capable of directing basic and intermediate rope rescuers.

1.2.1 An advanced rope rescuer endorsement applies only to rescues on the surface of the land; additional endorsements are required to perform this level of rope rescue in other environments. This guide alone does not define the minimum training requirements for performing or assisting with rescues in partially or fully collapsed structures, in or on water, in confined spaces, or underground (such as in caves, mines, and tunnels).

1.2.2 This guide alone does not define the minimum training requirements for climbing Class 5 2 or higher rock and/or ice to perform a rescue.

1.3 An advanced rope rescuer is required to have knowledge and skill sets pertaining to the advanced roped evacuation components of rescue. These include, but are not limited to, advanced knots and rigging, functioning as a litter attendant in a high angle lowering or raising operation, and directing a rope rescue team in the rescue of a subject suspended in a high angle environment.

1.4 An advanced rope rescuer may be part of a rope rescue team as defined in Classification F1993.

1.4.1 Further training may be required before an advanced rope rescuer may actually participate on a particular kind of rope rescue team, depending on the regulations or policies of the authority having jurisdiction.

1.5  This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

1.6  This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.

Standard NumberASTM F2955 - 19
TitleStandard Guide for Training for Advanced Rope Rescuer Endorsement
Publication Date01 April 2019
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)No other standards are normatively referenced
Informative References(Provided for Information)No other standards are informatively referenced
Descriptors belay, extrication, highline, rescue, rope, SAR, technical rescue, USAR
File Size74 KB

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