Wind turbine access for emergency responders

The Wind Turbine Access for Emergency responder (WTAFER) course is aimed at Category 1 responders such as Hazardous Area Response Teams and Fire Service rope rescue teams.

Despite the duty placed on employers to have a rescue plan in place, Emergency services may be called on to resolve a variety of incidents at wind turbine installations such as medical emergencies, entrapment in machinery, equipment failure and other eventualities which are beyond the scope of the employers initial rescue plan.

Course duration

  • 1 day


  • Rope rescue operator RRO or Rope rescue technician RRT
  • Minimum age 18yrs

Course includes

  • Rescue 3 manual
  • 3yr International certificate
  • ID card
  • Rescue 3 whistle
  • Rescue 3 Wind Turbine Operator embroidered badge for coveralls/uniform

Course content

  • Legislation and standards
  • Worker safety and survival
  • Hazards
  • Medical considerations
  • Personal and team equipment
  • Pre-planning
  • Size up
  • Risk assessment when working at height
  • Communications
  • Types of wind turbines and operating principles
  • Tagout/Lockout
  • Introduction to ropes
  • knots and technical gear
  • Anchor systems
  • Placing rope protection
  • Administering treatment at height
  • Haul systems
  • Rescue of patient from tower/nacelle

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