Your Complete Technical Rope Rescue Program Development System



"I had to fit a plan around a technical rescue unit of over 200 technicians... Lance and RLA came through! " Jordan RLA UTM Membership Texas
Our Technical Rescue Program Development System is your path to success!

It's Guidance is there to help you reach your desired outcomes with solid and bankable solutions.

The System includes best practices from the early planning stages through deployment of a solution. They include all the training, services, and resources you need to get you where you need to be.

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Technical Rope Rescue Online Training Solutions Platform,  PLUS!... 
Everything else you need!!

"Heroes are made not born"... right?  We've all heard this.  Well, we've all been born.  The question though is "for what?"  

Our mission since 2005 has been to serve the technical rope rescue community in a manner that develops both leaders and followers... simple.

Here is a great follower: diligent, motivated, committed, pays attention to detail and makes the effort.  Leaders have the responsibility to create an environment that permits these qualities.

Rigging Lab Academy's Success Plan in 3 Steps

1. Rigging Lab Academy's Industry Standard Rope Rescue Rigging Curriculum 

"The level and course work of this caliber, or any caliber, isn't found anywhere in the known world" Caleb H  RLA Member

Courses LEVEL 1

The Cornerstone - Knowledge and Perception
​Gear In Use 1-7
​Knots Craft
​Force Multipliers
​Mechanical Advantage Theory
​Edge Safety in Search and Rescue
​Conversations in Rigging
​Belay Systems
​Litter Operations
​Midwall Pickoffs
​Personal Skills and Climber Rescue
​Elements of Rigging

Courses LEVEL 2

A Guide to Artificial High Directionals and Two Tension Rope Systems
​Introduction to Two Tension Rope Systems and AHDs
​Search and Rescue Advanced High Directional Skill Sets
​The Vortex Guidebook
​Advanced Rigging Physics 1 - Vectors & Mechanical Advantage
​Advanced Rigging Physics 2 - Equipment
​Advanced Rigging Physics 3 - Friction
​Mainline Systems
​Elevated Anchor Systems
​Rigging Physics II
​Traditional and Removable Bolt Replacements
​Cave Rescue - Small Party Rescue/Single Rope

Courses LEVEL 3

Horizontal Rigging - Highlines, Taglines, and Offsets
​Gin Poles/Monopods
​Confined Space Rescue 1 - Awareness
​Confined Space Rescue 2 - Operations
​Confined Space Rescue 3 - Technicians
​Tower Rescue Technician
​Tower Rescue for Emergency Responders
​Tower Rescue for Tower Workers

NFPA 1006

NFPA 1006, Standard for Technical Rescue Personnel Professional Qualifications, provides complete job performance requirements for fire service and other emergency response personnel to help instill the confidence that you have the knowledge to get the job done safely and efficiently.

NFPA 2500 (1670 revision 2022)

NFPA 1670/2500: Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents states: “The authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) shall establish levels of operational capability needed to conduct operations at technical search and rescue incidents safely and effectively.”

2. Build Your Strategies & Tactics

Training Assessment Competency

This full spectrum of commitment formulates the foundational elements of the Training, Assessment, Competency (TAC) "technical rescue program development system" and we incorporate all this within Unlimited Team Membership.

T - Training

  • Rope Rescue Operations (NFPA 2500/1006)
  • Rope Rescue Technician (NFPA 2500/1006)
  • Confined Space Rescue Technician (NFPA 2500/1006)
  • Tower Rescue Technician (NFPA 2500/1006)
  • ​Industrial Rope Rescue  (OSHA/NFPA)
  • ​Confined Space Rescue Operations (NFPA 2500/1006)

A - Assessment

  • Authority Having Jurisdiction technical rescue hazard assessments  (NFPA 2500)
  • Equipment assessments and recommendations  (NFPA 2500 / ANSI)
  • ​Technical rescue training plan assessments and recommendations
  • ​Customized confined space hazard assessments and entry permits

C- Competency

  • Annual rescue technician performance assessments (individual and team)
  • ​Continuing education plans, schedules, and support materials
  • ​Customized CE task books
  • ​Electronic-Books
  • ​Video-Books
  • ​Customized Electronic Field Operations Guides (EFOG)
  • ​Customized command and control plans and position assignments
  • ​Customized rigging worksheets and job aids

3. Join and Build a Legacy (that will outlast you)!

1. Join The Academy

A simple and understandable success path significantly reduces risk and confusion, which automatically increases team unity, cohesion, and effectiveness.

2. Follow The Plan

Set the vision and create a legacy-driven training culture that pushes past individuals into a precision team-based operation.

3. Build A Legacy 

People head toward a vision that sets a future of inspiration, unity, and motivation. A positive training culture will provide opportunities for advancement and a legacy for the next generation.
  • The Masters Roadmap Success Path System
  • Unlimited Student Members
  • Unlimited Group Analyst Administration
  • ​​Unlimited Courses
  • ​Assessments and Recommendations
  • ​Advisement/Consultation
  • ​Member Pricing on Field and Live Training
  • Certification of Completion Certificates
  • Team Member Discussion Groups
  • Customized Sub-Group Training Tracks and Programs
  • ​​1:1 Quarterly Advisory Zoom Calls
  • ​Field Guides and E/V Books
  • ​Consulting
  • ​Membership Pricing on Custom Projects

Rigging Lab Academy Extensive Suite of Online Course Material and Curriculum 

How About A Few Course Trailers? Know Before You Go!

Vortex Guidebook

Confined Space Rescue

Elements of Rigging

Rope Access

Horizontal Rigging

Intro to TTRS & AHD Skills

Guide to TTRS and AHDs

Advanced Rigging Physics: VMA

Tower Rescue for Emerg Respndr

Tower Rescue for Tower Workers

Conversations in Rigging

Rigging Physics II

From “concept of operations” to validation of your desired “end state”, we offer a complement of full-service platforms customized to meet your organizations technical rescue response demands. Utilizing our T.A.C. suite of packages, we can assist you in identifying and achieving your operational efficiencies for sustainable technical rescue service effectiveness.

A simple and understandable success path significantly reduces risk and confusion, which automatically increases team unity, cohesion and effectiveness ~
our rope rescue leadership team requires UTM"
Don S. UTM Member


Identify Your Leadership

Advance Your Team

Masters Roadmap Success Path

Unify Your Team

  • Industrial Safety Professionals
  • Administrators
  • Fire Departments
  • ​Law Enforcement
  • ​Military Units
  • ​Tactical
  • High Angle Rope Rescue Teams
  • Entertainment Riggers
  • ​Search and Rescue Teams
  • ​Tower Rescue Professionals
  • ​Confined Space Rescue Teams
  • ​​​Urban and Industrial Rescue

"rigging in the hands of a knowledgeable and perceptual team can move mountains".

"Training material is excellent, videos bring it all together!
Thank you!!"

 Brent A

"This is not your standard text book learning. This is a thinking group that is not into the status quo. Think smarter, make it better, challenge your team."

 Robert L

Confined Space Rescue


  • Recognize a Confined Space Incident
  • Recognize Confined Space Hazards
  • Confined Space Rescue Tactics & Incident Management
  • ​Follow & Perform a Non-Entry Rescue Plan 1 (patient has a lifeline attached)
  • ​Follow & Perform a Non-Entry Rescue Plan 2 (patient does not lifeline attached)


  • Tactical Considerations
  • Horizontal Rigging
  • Monitor Bump & Calibration
  • ​CSR Haul Systems for Vertical Rescue
  • Controlled Descent Devices & Incline Mechanical Advantage System in Confined Spaces
  • ​Patient Packaging
  • ​Portable Anchors
  • ​​Self Contained Breath Apparatus (SCBA)


  • Patient Packaging in the Yates Spec Pak
  • Supplied Air and Communications
  • ​​CSR Entry
  • ​Complex Rigging Systems: Reeving Systems
  • ​Complex Rigging Systems: Skate Blocks
  • ​Other Rigging Systems


Sure, there are a ton of courses out there for confined space principles — how to do a hole watch, how to monitor, etc. — but just how relevant is this material to a confined space rescuer? When should we build a tripod reeve? What kind of precautions should we take around a patient when getting them out of a space? When do we decide to pull back, regroup, and call this a recovery?

CSR incidents are due to a lack of these three items:

  • The Lack of Monitoring
  • The Lack of Ventilation
  • Or the Lack of Onsite Rescue or Expedient Rescue


"Thanks for talking clearly and going over all the details!"

  Stephen L [RLA Member]

"Leaders often have the best intentions and are driven to do the right thing, but no one is showing them the pathway to success - so they do their own thing."

  Alex  [RLA Member]



A Success Path significantly increases
 team unit, cohesion and effectiveness

  • Huge increase in Motivation
  • Elevated Engagement
  • Team Confidence
  • ​Safety within the Training Environment
  • ​​No more Wasted Budgets and Resources
  • ​Clarity of scope, expectation and deliverables

"Our greatest leaders never started to be great leaders; instead, they began to do "great work." 

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"Since joining the Rigging Lab Academy, I've been using the videos many times to keep me updated...
...on the systems being used,
... and new methods of rigging. 
Buy these courses, as it standardizes the systems for all to be using the same techniques;
 Especially, if you have different departments on the same rescue/Fire/Police/Paramedics.

- Gordon Ward "Gordo". Ottawa Police, Canada
"Easy to understand with some nice technical tips...
... C
oncise information which is adaptable to a variety of circumstances and which will provide training and education in not only the physical processes of rescue, but the underlying dynamics of rescue systems and teams."

- Andrew Humphreys

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