Rappelling Ropes and Knots

Rope rescue training is one of the most dangerous tasks facing a firefighter. It combines strength, skill, knowledge and quick thinking, and it is usually performed in very hazardous conditions. The art of rappelling ropes and the methods of creating appropriate knots to ensure safety are skills that are vital to every fire department, which is why Firefighters Bookstore has created this prime collection of rope rescue books.  

The art of rope rescue training, also referred to as rappelling, is the controlled descent from one point to the next using a rope. It’s typically used to access difficult-to-reach areas and/or reach trapped victims. The art of rappelling was invented by Jean Charlet-Straton, a Chamonix guide who lived in the late 1800s and early 1900s. He was a mountaineer, but firefighters have adopted his methods of rope rescue training for urban, suburban, and rural areas. Rope Rescue Manual, 4th Edition - Revised

Our Rope Rescue Books

Today, firefighters have extensive rope rescue training, and many have developed it into a specialty. There are sites that offer such training, or many squads simply use the available locations in their area to train. Either way, these rope rescue books will provide a huge resource to departments seeking to master the art of rope rescue training.

Among the Firebooks collection highlights:

  • “CMC Rope Rescue Manual, 4th Edition, Revised” has sold more than 50,000 copies and has become the standard reference for many departments and rope rescue training programs. The fourth edition has several new chapters, extensive illustrations and step-by-step procedures to develop or expand rope rescue training knowledge and skills. The book covers safety, equipment, rappelling, pick-offs, litter evacuations, patient packaging, improvised high anchor points, and organizing the response.

  • “Technical Rescue Field Operations Guide, 4th Edition” covers the broad spectrum of rescue incidents that firefighters may face.  Skills are covered in sections that explore awareness, operational, and technician levels, all designed to help firefighters perform within their training level. Checklists are included to help organize planning for training exercises.

  • “Engineering Practical Rope Rescue Systems” provides a practical approach for rope rescuers from basic through advanced levels. Stories and scenarios recreate real situations that apply problem-solving principles. Team issues including integrity, development, and efficiency are covered, and the book illustrates a superior survival profile for people who adopt its training philosophies.

  • “Rappel Manual, Second Edition” is written to meet the needs of rescue professionals, SWAT teams, and military personnel. The book uses dozens of drawings, photos, and practical examples to make its points. Engineering Practical Rope Rescue Systems

  • “Technical Rescue Riggers Guide, 2nd Edition”  completely updates the original, which was widely hailed as the most important reference guide for modern rescue in decades. The focus here is on modern techniques, with many illustrations and photos covering basic knots and anchors, high lines, helicopter rescues and more. The first edition sold over 150,000 copies and became one of the standards for rope rescue training. A portion of your purchase of this guide goes to support volunteer mountain rescue teams.

At Firefighters Bookstore, we are dedicated to providing firefighters and emergency responders with the resources they need to succeed in the field. Our inventory, including books, videos, and training manuals, is carefully selected to enhance training and provide continuing education for emergency responders.

If you are interested in learning more about rappelling ropes and knots, you can get the information you need at the Firefighters Bookstore. Explore our selection of rope rescue books right here on our site!