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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

New York City Fire Department | Evaluated Learning Experience

High Angle Rescue (SOC 203)


Version 1, 2, and 3: 40 Hours (10 Days).

New York City Fire Academy, Randalls Island.

Version 1: January 1995 - May 2008.  Version 2: June 2008 - May 2015. Version 3: June 2015 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1, 2, and 3: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: safely mitigate emergencies in high angle environment; learn how to access victims in difficult-to-reach locations and package and remove these patients; demonstrate skills necessary to safely mitigate any high angle emergencies to include scaffolds, elevated structures, shafts, and other high angle environment situations.


Version 1, 2, and 3: Major topics include: rope rescue operations; personal equipment and safety; rope analysis; rescue knots; rescue software; anchoring systems; belay systems; rappel devices/procedures; lowering devices; rappel stations; relay station; pick offs and in-line transfers; patient packaging; patient lowering and raising; M/A (mechanical advantage) systems; rescue evolution-stairwell lowering; rescue evolution-SKED evolution; and stokes basket evolution. Methods of instruction include lecture, audio/visual material, practical evolutions, observations, skills check off, and practical exam.

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1 and 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 2 semester hours in Fire Science, Emergency Management or Emergency Management Services (5/04 - review conducted by the American Council on Education) (10/08 revalidation) (7/10 revalidation). Version 3: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 2 semester hours in Fire Science or Physical Education (6/15 revalidation) (6/21 revalidation).