The terms guyed, self-supporting, and monopoles refer to varying types of cell towers. Non-standard tower structures are ones such as transmission towers, water tower, cranes, smokestacks, and possibly bridges. In this article, we’ll discuss first-in operations for a cell tower incident, but the majority of what is discussed can also be relevant for these non-standard tower structures as well. It should be noted here that we are not discussing rescues from energized power transmission towers or broadcast towers that have additional hazards.

About the Course
Across the country “tower” type rescues are becoming more and more common. Accordingly, there is a growing need for local rescuers to be aware of these sites in their response areas, pre-plan for different rescue scenarios, and train their specialized rescue personnel to the appropriate level to facilitate the rescue in a safe manner.

Tower rescues have become so prevalent, that when the NFPA published the latest version of the 1670 standard, it included Tower Rescue Awareness, Operations, and Technician level requirements. Still, the big question for all of us who work in high angle rescue is, “how many departments and rescue teams across the country are truly trained and equipped to carry out these demanding types of rescues?” The first thing we need to define when talking about tower rescue is the tower itself. What exactly is a tower?



Nathan Paulsberg, an instructor you’ll see a lot of inside this course, currently serves as a Lieutenant for Palatine Fire Department, located in the Chicagoland area. He is a member of Palatine’s Technical Rescue Team and the head of MABAS Division 1’s Technical Rescue Training Committee. Instructor for technical rescue classes at the Northern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy and Gateway Technical College. Squad officer and head of rope operations for Illinois Task Force 1. Co-owner of Elevated Safety, and SPRAT level 3 Rope Technician.

What Students Will Learn:
Join us inside Tower Rescue Technician as we’ll cover concepts and areas such as:

“Bottom-up” style rescues
“Top-down” style rescues
Tower Control versus Ground Control
And more



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