REMS/Remote Rescue Workshop

About the Class

CMC School’s innovative REMS/Remote Rescue Workshop is an intensive 4-day training that goes beyond the traditional techniques taught in rope operations and technician courses. This comprehensive class introduces students to Rapid Extraction Module Support (REMS) concepts and focuses on scenarios involving challenging and hazardous environments. Students are given hands-on experience with alternative rope rescue tactics and strategies, and learn to employ lightweight equipment not typically found in a standard rescue cache. Our REMS scenarios are designed to stretch students’ capabilities, providing them with the skills necessary to navigate demanding situations. This course is also designed to meet the specific requirements and intent of FIRESCOPE ICS 223 (2022).

The demand for this specialized training has increased due to the escalating incidents of wildfires, requiring a larger number of skilled firefighters on the frontlines. CMC School developed this course based on our instructors’ active involvement in FIRESCOPE, firsthand experience in REMS field deployments, and extensive technical expertise in mountain rescue. Our objective is to contribute to the expansion of REMS teams, ultimately improving the protection and support provided to firefighters.

This course is also offered as a custom contract class to accommodate specific curriculum and location needs, start a quote here.

Skills Taught

  • Advanced evaluation of the forces applied and how to safely operate lightweight systems
  • Lightweight and limited gear rescue systems
  • REMS tactics for a traditional 11 mm gear cache
  • Sub-optimal and austere anchoring evaluation and use
  • Risk-based analysis and deployment of single rope rescue
  • Vertical, steep-angle, and low-angle options for patient evacuation
  • Team composition, coordination, and leadership in complex rescues with small teams
  • Refresher on knot craft, mechanical advantage, and simple rescue system

Class includes

  • CMC School Certificate of Completion
  • Course binder of supporting materials
  • CMC Shirt
  • CMC Patch
  • CMC Rope Rescue Technician Field Guide

Enrollment Requirements

Before this class, we recommend having taken Rope Rescue Technician I/II or equivalent training/experience.

NOTE: Your spot is not guaranteed until you are contacted by the CMC School confirming your enrollment. The CMC School administrator will contact you 45 days before the start date to confirm the class will be held as scheduled. We strongly suggest that you do not make any travel arrangements before that time, as classes are subject to cancellation.

Class Fees

EARLY $1,239 when registered and paid 45 days in advance. REGULAR $1,289 when registered less than 45 days in advance

Class Size

Limited to 14 students. We emphasize hands-on instruction and encourage participation by everyone in the class. Classes fill early, so register soon. Students should be physically fit and prepared for full days of remote outdoor operations.