PUASAR022 Participate in a rescue operation

Understanding how to effectively implement a rescue plan is a critical part of every site’s safety processes. This course teaches participants how to effectively action a rescue in a variety of different scenarios.

Rescue training gives participants the skills and knowledge required to operate as part of a rescue team when performing a rescue following an incident on site. This course underpins further specialist rescue training. In most circumstances, participants undertaking this course are required to work as part of an operational team performing rescues. Most work under supervision as part of a team but are often required to complete singular tasks as part of a rescue operation.

PUASAR022 Participate in a rescue operation is training that is applicable to people from emergency services, volunteer organisations or any industry where having, and being able to action, a rescue plan using specific equipment may be required.

Tailored to your needs

PUASAR022 Participate in a rescue operation is a course that is designed to be tailored to the needs of participants. At HSE, we specialise in providing training for those in a variety of working at heights situations. Tailored training can be undertaken at any of our training centres in Sydney, Dubbo, or Melbourne. We can also bring our training to your work or jobsite, to further improve contextualisation using your own equipment, with our mobile simulation trailers.

Specialised rescue training is available in:

  • Jump form rescue
  • Tower and pole rescue
  • Tower crane rescue
  • Confined space rescue
  • Wind turbine rescue, and
  • Heights and roof rescue


We strongly advise discussing your precise needs with our team of experts. This allows us to work with you to implement this course as best practicable to meet your needs.

SES volunteer lowering a stretcher off a raised area at HSE Sydney.
Stretcher being lowered behind "Caution workmen above" warning tape.
Rescue winch being prepared for use in a simulated rescue scenario.

About this course

This unit covers the competency required to participate in rescue operations as a member of a rescue team. This unit underpins specialist rescue operations. The application of this unit in the workplace covers a wide range of rescue and environmental situations, which may include industrial, rural, bush and extreme environmental conditions.

The individual will work under supervision in a team but may be responsible for completing individual tasks relating to a rescue. The unit is typically performed by personnel from emergency services and/or volunteer organisations.

This unit of competency may be contextualised to cover a variety of rescue scenarios using pre-rigged rescue kits or advanced rope rescue equipment. We specialise in the delivery of rescue courses including:

  • Jump form rescue
  • Tower and pole rescue
  • Tower crane rescue
  • Confined space rescue
  • Wind turbine rescue, and
  • Heights and roof rescue

Duration: 1 to 5 days (8 - 40 hours, depending on needs)

Student/trainer ratio: 6:1

Course objectives and content

  • Capabilities and limitations of rescue equipment

  • Casualty handling techniques

  • Environmental hazards

  • Manual handling techniques

  • Organisational policies and procedures (such as relevant legislation; operational, corporate, and strategic plans; operational performance standards; operational policies and procedures; organisational personnel and occupational health and safety practices and guidelines; organisational quality standards; organisation’s approach to environmental management and sustainability)

  • Personal hygiene

  • Procedures for reporting injuries and accidents

  • Relevant legislative and regulatory requirements

  • Ropes and knot

  • Safety precautions

Qualifications for successful warden participants

Statement of attainment in:

PUASAR022 Participate in a rescue operation

PUASAR022 Participate in a rescue operation FAQs

There is a prerequisite for this course, however it applies only to those working in the fire sector. The fire sector includes those sections of government departments, statutory authorities, or organisations that have a responsibility under jurisdictional arrangements for the delivery of firefighting and fire management services.

The prerequisite for those working in the fire sector is they must hold the HLTAID011 Provide first aid unit of competency.

Participants must be able to present the Statement of Attainment for verification prior to course commencement. Please email your Statement of Attainment to training@heightsafety.net upon successful enrolment. Participants who cannot present evidence of prerequisite qualifications will not be able to participate in the course.

All students must be eligible to receive nationally recognised training within Australia and provide a valid Unique Student Identifier (USI) upon enrolment.

This course is aimed at workers in any industry that may be involved in a first response rescue using workplace vertical rescue kits for a workmate retrieval. It is also relevant to mines rescue teams or emergency services personnel. It is recommended that participants have year 10 level reading and writing capabilities.

It is important to note that there are physical standards which relate to the level of performance required when undertaking accredited training. One requirement of the training package is that you are to be assessed as physically capable of working under supervision in a team but may be responsible for completing individual tasks relating to a rescue in a range of simulated and real locations.

Students who are unable to satisfy the physical requirements of the course cannot be deemed competent or issued a Statement of Attainment, even if the qualification is a necessary part of their employment conditions.

Additional information about training at HSE

All necessary equipment and learning materials will be provided. Light refreshments will be provided for training completed at our training facilities. Please wear comfortable clothing and enclosed footwear.

All course participants should have at least Year 10-level literacy and numeracy skills. A literacy and numeracy assessment will be conducted prior to the start of the course to assist us in providing adequate course material.

Participants must also be eligible to receive nationally recognised training within Australia. They must also provide us with a valid Unique Student Identifier (USI) upon enrolment. If you do not have a USI, one can be created here: CLICK HERE.

Some courses will have prerequisite training that will need to be completed prior to undertaking the selected course. A statement of attainment for the prerequisite course must be presented prior to the start of training. Please refer to the FAQ section, above, for details of any prerequisites your course may have.

Height Safety Engineers does not offer recognition of prior learning and/or credit transfer due to the high-risk nature of our training courses. It is also anticipated that participants will be new entrants or refreshing knowledge and skills in the area of study.

This will depend on the type of visa that you have.

For example restrictions apply to international visitors who hold a Student Visa. Any course undertaken by a Student Visa holder must be conducted by a provider who is registered on CRICOS. As Elbon Consulting Services Pty Ltd is not CRICOS approved we are unable to accept enrolments into any of our courses from any international visitor that holds a Student Visa.

International visitors who hold a Working Holiday Visa may be eligible to enrol into our courses once they arrive in Australia. This is important as some occupations in Australia will have legislative and/or licencing requirements relating to qualifications. International visitors will still be required to provide a valid USI (Unique Student Identifier) prior to enrolling into any Nationally Recognised Training. When registering for your USI number if you select Non-Australian Passport (with Australian Visa) as your form of ID, you will need to enter your Non-Australian passport number when creating your USI. The following details on the passport must match in order to verify in the USI registry system:

  • Family Name
  • Given Name(s)
  • Date of Birth
  • Passport Number
  • Country of Passport

Students from New Zealand will not be able to create a USI using their New Zealand passport until your passport has been registered with the Australian Department of Immigration. This will only happen when the student crosses the border into Australia. Once the passport is registered with the Department of Immigration it can be verified and the student will be able to create a USI using their New Zealand passport.

If you are an International Visitor, you will need to provide a copy of your Visa and/or Passport by emailing training@heightsafety.net. Your Visa details will be verified for eligibility to participate in accredited training within Australia. If you are ineligible, a full refund of fees paid will be provided.

We may be able to provide you with learning support. If you think you may need assistance with reading and/or writing, please contact our office to discuss how we may be able to assist.

Training can be conducted in one of our dedicated state-of-the-art training facilities or be conducted on your site with the use of our mobile training simulators

Ready to book your team into PUASAR022 Participate in a rescue operation?

Simply click the enquiry button above. If you have any questions, please contact our training team on 1300 884 978. We would be happy to provide you with any more information you might need.