About our partner Rescue 3

Rescue 3 International is the world’s leading rescue training institution. Its mission is to provide flood, water, and rope rescue training for individuals and organizations with anemphasis on keeping rescuers from becoming victims.

Over its 30-year history, more than 150,000 students in 35 countries have taken Rescue 3’s state­ of-the-rut courses in water, rope, ice and other technical rescue subjects. Rescue 3’s growth has been fuelled by a reputation for quality, hands-on instruction, a dynamic curriculum, and using both traditional and innovative techniques that work.


Founded in 1979

The company was founded in 1979, after a California SAR team nearly lost one of its own in a water rescue. A concerned group of emergency responders identified a need for training in rescue not commonly covered in the emergency training programs of the time.

The name, Rescue 3, was chosen when the company first started, because the instruction was concerned with all areas of rescue – ground, air, and water – thus Rescue 3.

In 1981, the moving water rescue-training program was redesigned into an early form of the current Swiftwater Rescue Technician curriculum. Swiftwater classes were taught throughout California and slowly spread across the United States.

Demand for professional rescue Training was also growing outside the US and so in 1990 Rescue 3 became Rescue 3 international. By the late nineties, Rescue 3 instructors had taught close to 70,000 emergency service personnel. Today, these numbers have grown to over 150,000 students from all over the globe.

Currently Rescue 3 has taught courses or has agents working worldwide, including:

Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Germany, Greece, France, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, and Japan. Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Puerto Rico, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan. United Kingdom, and Venezuela.


Real World Experience

Rescue 3’s instructors are characterized by practical, real world experience and are professionals working in the disciplines they teach, including paramedics, firefighters, law enforcement officers, and search and rescue team members, as well as liver guides and military personnel. They all share a passion for saving lives and teaching others to do the same.

Rescue 3 Instructors are also contributing members of the National Association for Search And Rescue (NASAR), the Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT), and the International Association of Dive Rescue Specialists (IADRS).


NFPA Standards Adopted

In 1999, Rescue 3 undertook a major revision in the curriculum to meet the requirements of the new NFPA1 1670 Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents in the areas of water and rope. They were the first major rescue training company to embrace National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards as the basis for curriculum. Today, NFPA standards have grown to become the de facto global standard for technical rescue operations.


Recognized Internationally

Rescue 3 classes are recognized internationally and are validated by many state and national organizations, including many emergency management agencies, community colleges, and fire marshals’ offices. They f01m the core training for many emergency services, rescue teams and water professionals. Personnel from many of the federal Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) teams have taken Rescue 3 classes to meet their water training requirements.


Dynamic and Leading Edge

With its global network of instructors, Rescue 3 is in the unique position of receiving constant input on rescue techniques and equipment that have been tested in the field, around the world, and in every condition imaginable. As a result, Rescue 3’s curriculum is dynamic and evolves as the rescue field changes and develops. In this way, Rescue 3 is on the leading edge of curriculum development and knowledge of the latest and the best technical equipment available. It still lives to be pro-active in serving the needs of a wide range of agencies and rescue programs around the world.

Agency references are available upon request.