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Training Courses by Ascension Group NW

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WesSpur has partnered with Ascension Group Northwest to develop professional training seminars and hands-on classes on a wide range of topics involving climbing, rigging, and rescue. Seminars are a demonstrations of concepts in a mixture of classroom and field settings, with limited opportunity for hands on. Classes are intensive, hands-on training courses with competency tests at the conclusion.

Upcoming Ascension Group NW seminars and classes are listed below, and you may register for the seminars by purchasing tuition through WesSpur at the links below.

To find out more about Ascension Group, visit their homepage at www.AscensionGroupNW.com.

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Climbing Fundamentals

May 31 - Jun 2, 2017; Woodinville, WA
TRA-FUN-053117
Early Fall - Northern CA: Date and Location TBA

This course is designed from 16 years in teaching beginners to climb trees and become safe, efficient production climbers. This 3-day class is a primer to give those new to the industry the basic skills needed to begin a career as a climbing arborist.

This is a 3-day, 25 hour class. Students must be physically fit, able to perform tasks such as grasping, pulling, and lifting weights up to 100 pounds. All climbing gear is provided. Students only need appropriate clothing for working outdoors in rough terrain/weather.

    The following skills and concepts will be addressed:
  • Tree climbing knots and hitches
  • VTA
  • Throw line techniques
  • Stationary Rope Technique/ Work Positioning SRT/WP
  • DdRT rope systems
  • Spur climbing techniques
  • ANSI safety guidelines
  • Industry terms
  • Simple Mechanical Advantage theory
  • Accident Prevention and Awareness

All students will receive a Certificate of Competency upon successful demonstration of the required tasks set forth.

Woodinville course location and details: Show location

Tuition is 100% refundable until May 16th, after which it is 50% refundable.

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Save $50 on Aerial Rescue Module Add-on!

Attendees of the May 31 Woodinville Fundamentals course can register for the 1-day Aerial Rescue module Saturday, June 2nd at a reduced price (see below.) This course will be at the same location as the Fundamentals course. Use coupon "RESCUE" to save $50 on your Aerial Rescue tuition with your Fundamentals registration.

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Aerial Rescue Module 1

Jun 3, 2017; Woodinville, WA
TRA-AR1-060317
Early Summer - Eastern WA: Date and Location TBA
Fall - Northern CA: Date and Location TBA
Fall - Southern CA: Date and Location TBA

This course is designed to give the tree worker the fundamental skills and knowledge to be able to create sound climbing systems that have self rescue at the core. All students will be able to recognize a medical emergency and conduct the steps to facilitate assessment of an injured climber, activate the EMS system, stabilize an injured worker, and package them for extraction from the canopy. All students will have a better understanding of Fire Service rescue methods and be able to work with EMS when they arrive. All training is conducted in compliance with OSHA and ANSI guidelines.

This is a 10 hour course, students must be physically fit and have fundamental knowledge of arborist climbing systems and operations.

    Topics covered:
  • Scene size up
  • Trauma care
  • Spinal assessment/stabilization
  • Self Rescue Concepts
  • Single Rescuer Pick-offs
  • Crew/Ground base rescue systems
  • Review of Fire/EMS basic rope rescue systems
  • Simple and compound MA systems

Woodinville course location and details: Show location

Tuition is 100% refundable until May 16th, after which it is 50% refundable.

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$50 Discount with Fundamentals Course!

If you are also attending the Fundamentals course in Woodinville (see above), you can register for this course at a reduced price. Use coupon "RESCUE" to save $50 on your Aerial Rescue tuition with your Fundamentals registration.

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Aerial Rescue Module 2

Summer - Spokane, WA: Date and Location TBA
Summer - Woodinville WA: Date and Location TBA

This is a advanced course designed for Fire/Rescue personnel and Arborists. The purpose of the course is to facilitate the retrieval of an injured climber in the canopy who does not have the ability to self rescue. The main focus is integrating standard tree climbing systems with NFPA rescue systems, Fire Service and Arborist staff who successfully complete the 18 hour course will be operationally qualified to conduct an extraction/rescue evolution in the field.

    Topics covered:
  • Scene size up
  • Trauma care
  • Spinal assessment/stabilization
  • Self Rescue Concepts
  • Single Rescuer pick offs
  • Crew/Ground base rescue systems
  • Review of Fire/EMS basic rope rescue systems
  • Simple and compound MA systems

This is a 18 hour course, that will be arduous in nature. Students will spend the first day going over simple rescue systems, Primary assessment, Trauma care, spinal stabilization and taking patient vitals. The second day will start with a short written test for the day one attendees, then transition into live rescue exercises. Stressors will be a part of the practical testing on day two. Fire service personnel will be operating as a dispatched resource.

    Students will be assessed in the following:
  • Scene size up
  • Patient assessment and packaging
  • Rescue system implementation

Student grading will be a combination of peer review and instructor review.

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Rigging Fundamentals

Summer - Bellingham, WA: Date and Location TBA
Fall - Northern CA: Date and Location TBA

This is a 1 day, 9 hour course designed to familiarize the tree worker with all aspects of standard rigging operations in the Pacific Northwest. This is a hands-on course with a focus on safety and building rigging systems.

    The following topics will be addressed:
  • Rigging knots and hitches
  • VTA
  • Safety protocols
  • Force vectors/load calculations
  • Negative Blocking
  • Mechanical Advantage systems
  • Vertical and Traversing slide line systems
  • Drift line techniques
  • Lowering/lifting devices
  • Work positioning while using a saw

All students will receive a Certificate of Competency upon successful demonstration of the required tasks set forth.

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