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Training Courses by Ascension Group NW

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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Aerial Rescue Module 1

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
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Aerial Rescue Module 2

Course date TBD.

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.

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.

    Details
  • Location: Northwest Arboriculture LLC; 5616 Maltby Rd, Woodinville WA 98072
  • Start 8:00 AM, scheduled to run to 5:30 PM
  • Dress for the weather
  • You may use your own gear and PPE
  • Live drills with Rescue Team from Woodinville Fire Department.
  • ISA CEUs are available for students who complete the course
  • Class size limited to 16 students
  • Tuition is 100% refundable up to 14 days prior to start
  • Tuition is 50% refundable after that deadline
    Topics covered:
  • Scene size up
  • Trauma care
  • Spinal assessment/stabilization
  • Self Rescue Concepts
  • Single Rescuer pick offs
  • Crew/Ground base rescue systems
  • Tefler highlines
  • English reeve
  • Spec pack usage
  • Review of Fire/EMS basic rope rescue systems
  • Simple and compound MA systems

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Rigging Module 2

This 2-day, 16-hour course is designed to familiarize tree workers with the specialized rigging methods unique to arboriculture, as well as safe work practices to correctly execute said evolutions. Climbers must have a minimum of 2 years climbing and cutting experience. Climbers will need to bring their own climbing gear, PPE and top handle saw. All student gear must be able to pass safety inspection. Students will want to have appropriate clothing for inclement weather.

Breakfast and lunch are provided both days. Overnight lodging is at $35 per person. Training site is in the Cascade Mountains, outside of Leavenworth, WA. See website for directions: https://cascademeadows.org/

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

    Course Topics:
  • Gear identification, inspection and proper system building
  • Rigging Physics
  • Knots and rope handling
  • Negative Blocking
  • Targeted and Vertical Slide line systems
  • Use of High lines
  • Work positioning
  • Job site planning
  • Drift line/Tri-vect rigging techniques
  • Load calculations

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Climbing Fundamentals

This course is designed from 18 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.

    Skills and Concepts Addressed:
  • Industry terms
  • Tree climbing knots and hitches
  • VTA
  • Throw line techniques
  • Stationary Rope Systems/ Work Positioning SRS/WP
  • MRS (Moving Rope Systems)
  • Aerial anchors / Basal Anchors
  • Spur climbing techniques
  • ANSI safety guidelines
  • 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.

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