Fundamentals of Timber Rigging (Part one)

We will be doing a four part blog series on the “Fundamentals of Timber Rigging” for rope access. Timber rigging can be utilized for High Angle Rescue, Confined Space Rescue, Trench Rescue, and Structural Collapse Rescue.

Timbers used for rescue rigging is nothing new. But with newer equipment and technology, training on how to rig timbers for rescue has greatly diminished. Newer equipment and technology has allowed us to have access to pre-fab anchors, portable anchors, quick deployable struts, and etc. But with new equipment comes cost. With a struggling economy, equipment and training are usually first to go in emergency services. Many smaller departments just don’t have the funding to buy the newest and greatest equipment associated with their job. For departments that can not afford to buy the newest and greatest equipment for rescue rigging, there is a alternative. By using what the Army Core of Engineers started during world war area, departments can still achieve a positive outcome while having minimum impact on their budget.

Using timbers for

Vol. Fire Department sets up a Timber A frame

rescue can be productive for high directional anchors such as, Timber tripod, Timber jib arm, and Timber A frame. Most departments have the necessary equipment needed to preform timber rigging. Timbers needed for this type of work and training can be acquired from your local hardware store. In the next three part blogs we will go over step by step instructions and pictures needed to set up each type of rigging system.

DISCLAIMER: Fire and Rescue Concepts suggest extensive hands on training be completed on Timber rigging before preforming these techniques out on the field. This four part series is for informational purposes only. If Departments wish more training on Timber Rigging please contact us at

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