Rope Rescue/Needs analysis


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[edit] Forecast of Incidents


  • Self Rescue (1 / 10 yr)
    • Searches often include steep areas where a searcher could potential have a mishap and require rescuing. Although searchers are trained and directed to avoid these hazards, PCSAR is better for having self-rescue capability should such an mishap occur.
  • Wilderness low angle (1 / 5 yr)
    • A rescue occurs in a remote area where a person needs to be stretchered over low-angle terrain.
  • Wilderness high angle (1 / 10 yr)
    • A rescue occurs where a person needs to be extracted from a steep slope or high-angle terrain. Stretcher may not be necessary, but the person cannot move safely without rope.
  • Caves (1 / 5 yr)
    • The Crowsnest Pass is a prime area for novice and skilled cave trips. Many rope rescue responders are required inside the cave and possibly outside it. Typical responders are CNP SAR and ACRO. PCSAR could assist. Out-of-region illustration: Fang Cave Rescue
  • Avalanche (0)
    • Avalanche response are unlikely to require rope rescue skills


  • accessible embankment (2 / yr)
    • person or vehicle down embankment. Low angle techniques needed to safely extract.
  • high angle (1 / 5 yr)
  • bridges (1 / 3 yr)
    • A vehicle goes off a bridge deck and patient requires vertical raise.


  • Above 40 feet (1 / 10 yr)
  • Confined (1 / 5 yr)


  • Wind Turbine (1 / 10 yr)
  • Communication towers ?

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Estimated average total of incidents per year: 3.4

[edit] Other responders

If a rope rescue team did not exist in our area, responses might be available from:

  • CNP
  • Waterton
  • Fernie
  • Kananaskis
  • Banff
  • Lethbridge Fire?

[edit] Responders required

  • 1 person at "Team Leader" level
    • Able to direct and oversee the whole rope rescue.
  • 3 people at "Team Member" level
    • Able to build and operate any station
  • 2 people at "Basic Skills" level
    • Able to assist under direction

[edit] Roster requirements

Estimating that 1/3 of members (or less) are able to respond at any given time. Estimate is the same for both PCES and PCSAR members.

  • Team Leader level: 3
  • Team Member level: 9
  • Basic Skills: 6 (but probably have lots)


Estimate that there is a 1 in 6 chance each year that any person on the roster (at any level) will leave or no longer be available and have to be replaced.

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