Come learn from the best! Empact Northwest is the premier technical rescue training programs in the Pacific Northwest.  We currently offer biannual Rescue Systems 1, Rope Rescue Technician, and specialty courses. 

Why choose Empact? It's simple, experience matters! All of Empact's courses are taught by current USAR Task Force members, many with extensive deployment and response experience internationally and domestically.  Most of our instructors are also current career firefighters active in their local and regional technical rescue teams.

Empact's courses are focused on current firefighters and emergency response professionals and put a premium on the development of hands-on skills and scenario-based training.  

Empact's courses meet the standards set by NFPA 1006, JPR's for technical rescue; and prepare the firefighter to operate at the corresponding levels established by NFPA 1670.

As of 5/5/2022, the 2022 Rope Rescue Technician course is FULL. 
Any registration received will be added to the waitlist.  Waitlist students will only be notified if a spot becomes available.

Rescue Systems 1

Rescue Systems 1 is a fast paced, hands on course designed to provide the line firefighter with essential rescue skills.  Topics include low- and high- angle rope systems, shoring, cribbing, breaching, and heavy lift; all using commonly available tools.  Meets the NFPA 1006 JPR's for operations level rope and structural collapse.








2022 Scheduled Courses

April 25-28 (CLOSED)

August 29 - September 1


Structural Collapse Technician 

Structural Collapse Technician (Rescue Systems 2) is an advanced rescue course designed to prepare the firefighter or rescue technician to operate effectively during complex structural collapse incidents.  Topics include metal and reinforced concrete breaching, search techniques, advanced shoring, and the use of specialized tools. Meets the NFPA 1006 JPR's for technician level structural collapse.




2022 Scheduled Courses

Coming 2023


Rope Rescue Technician

Rope Rescue Technician is an advanced ropes course designed to provide the firefighter or rescue technician with advanced rope rescue skills.  Topics include multi-point anchor systems, 2-rope offset horizontal operations, pick-off rescues, and tended litter raises and lowers. Meets the NFPA 1006 JPR's for technician level rope rescue.









2022 Scheduled Courses

May 31-June 4 (Waitlist Only)



Empact is pleased to offer custom courses or stock courses at your location.  We have provided custom courses for businesses, communities, non-fire government agencies, and rescue teams.  If you're looking for something special, or if you'd like one of our stock courses at your location, we'd be happy to discuss options with you.

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"We can put what we learned into use immediately at our Fire District and be effective. It has already gotten other personnel in our district interested in Rescue Systems. This course is a great foundation to build upon."

Firefighter/Rescue Systems 1/2020

"All [the] instructors were great. Knowledgeable. Friendly. Made sure you understood the why"

Firefighter/Rescue Systems 1/2020


Like everyone, we are deeply concerned about the safety of our staff and students, and we're committed to following the governor's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" guidance while it's in place, as well as the "Safe Start" and "Essential Workforce Training"  guidance.

In order to keep everyone healthy, we will be observing the following restrictions for all courses during the pandemic:

  • Students will be divided into groups of no more than 10 for the duration of the course.  Students will not move between squads during the course

  • Instructor rotation between squads will be significantly limited

  • All classroom activities will be moved to an online pre-course format to limit close contact

  • Whenever possible, students and instructors will maintain 6' social distancing

  • Multiple hand sanitation stations, both alcohol- and running-water-based, will be available during the course

  • Students will be provided with individual bottles of hand sanitizer and simple face masks for the duration of the course

  • All hand tools will be sanitized between students and at the end of each day

  • Full refunds will be available to any student who is unable to attend the first three days of the course because they're experiencing illness; please do not come to class if you do not feel well!

  • This course is subject to change based on changes to the Governor's "Stay home, Stay Healthy" or "Safe Start" guidelines.  In the event that the course is canceled due to government regulation or recommendation, full refunds or credit for future courses will be provided.

Should you have any questions at all about our COIVD-19 precautions or safety procedures, please feel free to let us know by email at