A collaborative partnership between the Cook County Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Management and NIPSTA supports this 40-hour program designed to provide operations-level and technician-level skills to all participants. The course meets all technician-level requirements outlined in the new Tower Rescue Chapter of NFPA 1670 (2014 Edition).
Participants will become prepared for emergency response to high-angle rescue incidents involving communications towers, radio towers and other man-made structures. Training topics include terrorism, tower hazards, RF safety, tower climbing equipment and techniques and tower rescue methods. These subjects will be addressed in a classroom environment and during multiple vertical training evolutions on a variety of structures. Written and practical skills testing will be conducted at the conclusion of this course, but state certification is not available.
Locations: NIPSTA Campus | Glenview, IL (First day ONLY). During subsequent days, a variety of off-campus venues will be utilized in order to accomplish the course objectives. Likely locations include West Wilmington, IL and Pleasant Prairie, WI. Complete details will be available during the first day of training. Class run Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Student Requirements: Lunch, helmet, Class 3 harness, work boots & rope rescue gloves.
Program Prerequisites: Vertical II or Rope Rescue-Technician Level
Departments may not hold spots. Individual student names are required at the time of registration
Tuition: Tuition is waived for first responders in Cook County and credentialed members of state-wide specialized teams recognized by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. Cook County and state-wide responders will be given priority for registration. Du Page, Lake, Will, McHenry and Kane County personnel with the potential to respond under mutual aid agreements with Cook County will be registered on a space available basis.
All others: $900
Cancellation Policy: Notice of cancellation must be received in writing by NIPSTA at least two (2) weeks prior to the first day of the scheduled training program. Substitute requests will not be accepted.
If notice of cancellation is not received by NIPSTA before the first day of the scheduled training program, then 100% of the tuition fee shall be due and payable to NIPSTA.
NIPSTA reserves the right to cancel a course. Notice of cancellation will be provided to students at least seven (7) days prior to the first day of the program. Cancellations with less than seven (7) days" notice will only be in the event of an emergency.