Terms and Conditions of Enrollment in Technical Rescue Classes

Student Requirements

Rescue Northwest courses are active courses taught under realistic conditions. Because of our learn-by-doing approach, students need to be in good physical condition. Courses may include hiking, climbing stairs or steep trails, rappelling, ascending, stretcher tending, load hauling, and stretcher carrying. Confined space rescue classes include working and crawling while wearing protective clothing and possible breathing apparatus. Students will be physically active throughout the class.

Technical rescue in general is a hazardous activity, and while Rescue Northwest has an outstanding safety record, we do require that each student have his or her own medical insurance coverage.

Terms of Enrollment

Applicant Right to Cancel: applicant may cancel a class 30 days before the class for a full refund less a $25 application fee. Cancellations with less than 30 days notice are non-refundable but the applicant may enroll in any other class offered within one year. Any other qualified applicant may be substituted in the original applicant’s place at any time prior to the beginning of the class.

Rescue Northwest Right to Cancel: RN retains the right to cancel a class at any time should circumstances require us to do so. A minimum number of students is required for a class to be conducted safely and effectively. Extreme weather or other factors out of our control could require cancellation for safety reasons. As such, Rescue Northwest cannot be responsible for reimbursement of related costs such as airline hotel, and rental car reservations. If it becomes necessary to cancel a class, we will notify students as soon as possible.

Release of Liability: Prior to commencement of the class, all applicants will be required to sign a Release of Liability.


Each student is responsible for his or her own lodging, meals, transportation, and basic personal equipment. If directions to the site and recommendations for lodging are needed, please contact Rescue Northwest. Basic personal protective equipment consists of leather gloves, steel-toed boots, pelvic seat harness or full body harness, coveralls or other sturdy work clothes, helmet with chinstrap, safety glasses or goggles, a water bottle, and snacks. Instructors will inspect all harnesses provided by students. Also, several harnesses will be provided by the instructors. Depending on the weather and the type and location of class, the student may also want to bring hearing protection, kneepads, sunscreen, warm clothes, rain gear, and a headlamp or helmet light.

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