Confined Space Technical Rescue (CSTR)


This program will provide industrial plant rescue teams with the skills and knowledge required to perform technical rescues from confined spaces using advanced methods.


SSTL’s industrial courses involve rigorous practical exercises with significant physical demands.  Please note that during the training program, you will be required to perform the following activities as a physically fit participant:

  • Lift and manipulate another trainee with a second rescuer
  • Manipulate another trainee up, down and across representative confined space openings
  • Hoist another trainee upwards using a rope mechanical advantage system  (1/3 or 1/4 of the person’s weight)

Due to the physical requirements of these industrial courses, they are not recommended for persons who have pre-existing back, joint or soft tissue medical issues or any other pre-existing injury/medical condition that may hinder your ability to participate in the above noted activities.


This program will cover applicable government regulations for working in a confined space environment.  Trainees will acquire knowledge and skills through a combination of lecture presentations, group discussions, and individual and team practical exercises.  Trainees are required to successfully complete written and practical testing in order to receive course certification.

Areas of study will include the following:

  • Hazards of Confined Spaces
  • Entry Permits
  • Entry & Work Procedures
  • Energy Controls
  • Purging and Ventilation
  • Atmospheric Testing
  • Breathing Apparatus Systems
  • Rescue Equipment
  • Rescue Team Organization
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Rescue Planning
  • Rescue in Adverse Conditions
  • Safety on Elevated Structures
  • Fall Arrest Equipment
  • Rigging & Rope Work
  • Belaying Techniques
  • Raising & Lowering Operations
  • One-Person Rescue Technique
  • Mechanical Advantage Systems
  • Technical Rope Rescue Procedures

Practical training exercises will be conducted in the Confined Space Rescue Trainer and on a suitable elevated structure using the following equipment:

  • S.K.E.D. Stretcher
  • Casualty Harnesses
  • Stokes Basket
  • Portable Gas Detection Systems
  • Tripod Retrieval System
  • Mechanical Advantage Rope Rescue Systems
  • Davit Retrieval System
  • Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus
  • Supplied Air Breathing Apparatus
  • CSA Standard Z259.10, Group E Harness
  • Air Supply CART
  • CSA Standard Z259.10, Group A Harness
  • Rescue Rope, Harness & Hardware
  • Other Personal Protective Equipment


Five (5) days.

Course Details


  • Fall Protection training
  • Trainees are expected to be in a good state of health and physically capable of fully taking part in all program activities.  Trainees are expected to participate in all physical training requirements.
  • A valid Government Identification is required and must be presented for registration and to the instructor on the first day of course commencement.  (Driver’s License, Passport, Vantage Card)


All persons who successfully complete the course based on the performance standards will receive:

  • A Survival Systems Training certificate for Confined Space Technical Rescue
  • A laminated wallet course qualification card

Refresher training is recommended every one to two years. Expiry is subject to local jurisdiction/regulations.

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