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You will be provided with the proper tools in which to apply your craft and to better assess and understand the when, the how and the why of “Suicidal Jumpers.” A Suicidal Jumper Rescue member will be the primary element assigned to the security and safety of all people involved. With the distinct possibility of a rescue in this situation, they will work hand-in-hand with the negotiators, SWAT operators, patrol officers and supervisors.

3/2/2020 to 3/5/2020
When: Monday, March 13, 2020
8:00 AM
Where: Houston Police Academy
17000 Aldine Westfield
Houston, Texas  77066
United States
Contact: James Barnett

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Current LE/Military only

Course fee: $450.00

Location: Houston Police Academy (17000 Aldine Westfield Houston, TX 77066)

Be prepared to drive to other training locations in the Houston area.

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Instructor: Christian D'Alesandro (retired Dallas SWAT)


    This course will include an introduction/refresher of rappelling and rappel equipment.  This course will cover knot tying, anchor point choice, rope setup, shared anchor points, team, drops, window coverage, window entries, ascending, self rescue and equipment choices.  If you are new to rappel, starting a rappel program, or need intermediate training this class is what you need. 


    The class will utilize classroom discussion; video and incident debriefs to open up a format to understand the abilities of a rescue operation when negotiations do not produce the desired outcome. Multiple scenarios, based on real-life operations, will be used to enhance the learning objectives. Each officer position and/or team will be defined and tasked with their specific role. Prospective students will be involved in the following categories: Suicidal Jumper Rescue Officer; Negotiator; Suicidal Jumper; Operational Cell member; Mobile and Structural anchor team member; Rappel Gear, Tactical Gear and Personal Equipment team member. Suicidal Jumper Rescue operators are a rare breed, utilizing specific skills that most people typically fear on a daily basis. When dealing with a suicidal jumper it is not unusual for the Fire Department to not attend to the jumper due to the potential danger therein.


Equipment List:


  • All Tactical Gear
  • BDU style Uniform
  • Helmet 
  • Gloves
  • Rappel Seat / Harness
  • 3 Carabiners (Auto Lock or Screw Gate)
  • Descending Device (Rescue 8, GriGri, Petzl Stop, etc)
  • 20ft of 7mm or 8mm Cordage
  • Water/ Snacks

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