PUASAR032A Undertake vertical rescue

Information about the course:

This unit covers the competency required to undertake vertical rescue in a range of emergency situations in natural and man-made environments.

The application of this unit in the workplace covers a range of vertical rescue situations.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.


  • PUASAR022A Participate in a rescue operation

Target audience:

Those who are working in a mine rescue unit working as part of an Emergency Rescue Team.

Award issued:

Students who successfully complete this nationally recognised training will be awarded the statement of attainment for: 

  • PUASAR032A Undertake Vertical Rescue

Course duration:

  • 3-4 days training

Pre course study options:

There is no pre-course study for this course.

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PUASAR032A Undertake Vertical Rescue - How will I be assessed for this course?

The following assessment tasks are required for this course:

  • Theory Questions consisting of multiple choice and short answer questions
  • Simulated Practical Scenarios

PUASAR032A Undertake Vertical Rescue - Where can I access the training package?

You can access a copy of the training package here

PUASAR032A Undertake Vertical Rescue - What skills and knowledge will I get from this course?


Required Skills

  • check, service and maintain vertical rescue equipment
  • control infection
  • escort stretchers in raising and lowering operations
  • establish, maintain, monitor and use:
  • ascent and descent systems
  • safety systems
  • stretcher rigging
  • implement safe and effective scene management procedures
  • manage edge protection
  • treat and package casualties
  • undertake scene assessment and reporting
  •  use personal protective and rescue equipment within its safe work limitations
  • wear appropriate personal protective and rescue equipment correctly
  • work in a team

Required Knowledge

  • casualty assessment and packaging
  • breaking strains
  • emergency management and interagency arrangements
  • equipment characteristics
  • operation of high lines (span line, Tyrolean etc.)
  • operational briefing and debriefing procedures
  • organisational procedures for cleaning and discarding equipment in terms of environmental management and sustainability
  • organisational procedures for operating vertical rescue equipment
  • personal hygiene protocols
  • principles of suspension trauma
  • reconnaissance techniques
  • relevant legislation
  • relevant occupational health and safety (OH&S) principles and practices
  • safe working loads of equipment
  • safety factors and safe working loads
  • signs and symptoms of operational stress
  • vertical rescue concepts and practices
  • voice, whistle and other communication systems