Zokal Safety Australia

Vertical Rescue

Vertical Rescue Training – 4 Days

National units of competency

  • PUASAR032A Undertake vertical rescue
  • PUASAR022A Participate in a rescue operation

Vertical Rescue training encompasses preparing and responding to an emergency requiring a vertical rescue, appropriate risk assessment & risk control requirements and the skills and knowledge required to perform a vertical rescue.

Course Content

Topics include and are not limited to:

Required Skills

  • Check, service and maintain vertical rescue equipment
  • Control infection
  • Escort stretchers in raising and lowering operations
  • Establish, maintain, monitor and use:
  • Ascent and descent systems
  • Safety systems
  • Stretcher rigging
  • Implement safe and effective scene management procedures
  • Manage edge protection
  • Treat and package casualties
  • Undertake scene assessment and reporting
  • Use personal protective and rescue equipment within its safe work limitations
  • Wear appropriate personal protective and rescue equipment correctly
  • Work in a team

Required Knowledge

  • Breaking strains
  • Casualty assessment and packaging
  • Emergency management and interagency arrangements
  • Equipment characteristics
  • Operation of high lines (span line, tyrolean etc.)
  • Operational briefing and debriefing procedures
  • Organisational procedures for cleaning and discarding equipment in terms of environmental management and sustainability
  • Organisational procedures for operating vertical rescue equipment
  • Personal hygiene protocols
  • Principles of suspension trauma
  • Reconnaissance techniques
  • Relevant legislation
  • Relevant occupational health and safety (OH&S) principles and practices
  • Safe working loads of equipment
  • Safety factors and safe working loads
  • Signs and symptoms of operational stress
  • Vertical rescue concepts and practices
  • Voice, whistle and other communication systems


Training conducted by experienced confined space and rescue specialists
Course documentation
Up to 4 days (32 hours) classroom, practical training and assessment All equipment used will be supplied by Zokal Safety Training.


Participants require refresher training annually in order to maintain satisfactory levels of emergency preparedness and participant competence.


Highly recommended: RIIWHS204D Work safely at heights certification

Prerequisites PUAEME001B Provide emergency care OR

HLTFA211A Provide basic emergency life support (Evidence of this training must be provided prior to attending this course)

Industry Skills Councils have mapped this course between level 2 and 3 of the Australian Core Skills Framework. It is recommended that participants provide evidence of their Foundation Skill Level prior to the commencement of the course.

Use the Link provided to assess your Foundation Skill level. http://lln.safework.com.au/

See Student handbook for additional information.

Course Logistics

Number of Participants: 10
Requirement: Provide Unique Student Identifier (USI number) and ID
Equipment: All training materials are supplied by Zokal Safety Training
Meals: Full Day Courses – Lunch will be provided and light refreshments will be provided at morning break (only on our premises). Half Day Courses – Light refreshments will be provided at morning break (only on our premises)
Dress: Participants are required to wear clothing appropriate for the workplace. Students to bring own Gloves if they require them All other equipment used will be supplied by Zokal Safety Training.


Assessment Methods

This is a competency based programme with progressive assessment throughout the course, including demonstration of written and oral questions relating to underpinning knowledge. Please let us know if there are any issues that your Zokal trainer should be aware of. These may include:

  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy
  • Physical limitations, such as hearing, vision or mobility concerns
  • Anything that may affect your experience in the training course

Award Issued

Nationally – recognised accreditation such as a wallet card and Statement of Attainment Certificate as outlined above will be issued on satisfactory completion of all assessments, to successful participants

Course Enquiries and Registration

For all course enquiries or to obtain a price to hold this training at your site, please contact our Training Team on (02) 4960 9611. If participants require additional or more specific information please contact us as we are happy to customise the content or the duration to suit the needs of you and your staff. You may register online or alternatively you can fax your registration form to (02) 4960 9622. Please refer to the Student Handbook for additional information.


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