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Hands-On Aerial Rescue Training

  • December 08, 2023
  • 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • 2605 N 15th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85007
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Arizona Community Tree Council

in Partnership with

Swederski's Independent Consulting


Hands-On Aerial Rescue Training

Friday, December 8

8:00am – 4:30pm

2605 N 15th Avenue

 Phoenix, AZ 85007

7.5 ISA CEUs


  • Ryan Swederski
  • Bill Burley
  • Erick Palacios


This course prepares climbers for the most likely emergency scenarios. Participants will work through scenarios that may be encountered in the field and how to risk assess, manage the scene, evaluate the injury, and perform climber extraction. Using hands-on experience, our instructors will focus on emergency preparedness and accident prevention.

Other topics to be included are:

  • First Aid
  • Self-rescue
  • Climber extrication, rescuer ascent and work positioning
  • Most common tree rescue scenarios
  • Working with first responders

Course Times: 8:00am – 4:30pm; lunch is not provided

Please Bring to Class - EVEN IF YOU DO NOT PLAN TO CLIMB

  • Hardhat
  • Safety glasses
  • Appropriate footwear
  • Climbing harness
  • Work position lanyard, climbing line, ascending device

CEUs:  Earn 7.5 ISA CEUs

International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborists, Utility Specialists, Municipal Specialists, and Tree Workers will be eligible to receive CEUs


8:00 am - 9:00 am

Job Briefing and Setting up for Success: OSHA/ANSI Requirement and Annex F - Stepping Process Flowchart and Job Briefing, what needs to be covered in a JSA/JHA, EAP, work plan, gear inspection, access lines, and throwlines.

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Assessing the Emergency: First Aid Kit Review, ANSI Requirement, Basic Training in First Aid, CPR and AED.

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Help is Arriving: Hazard Assessments/EHAP, Applicable Standards, Overview of EHAP, working with first responders, communication, and assisting.

11:00 am-1200 pm Lunch (Lunch on your own)

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Instructor Demonstration: Assessing the problem, Victim assessment, Gear assessment, Hazard Inspection from the ground, implement EAP, ascending to the victim, secondary inspection (in the tree), moving the victim, connections.

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Break Out Groups, Practicals 

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Life support and stability, climbing system, SRS vs MRS, victim packaging, injury specific, descending with victim, rescuer positioning, speed and control, landing the victim, and hand-off to first responders.

4:00 pm- 4:30 pm

Gear Pack-up, Review and Questions

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