aVERT – Vertical Emergency Response Training

Rescue Training for Fire, EMS, SAR & Industrial Teams

Training, Consulting, Evaluation & Rescue Program Development

Rope Rescue Tech PatchWater-Ice Patch

Robert Riversong, Rescue Specialist

NCRC PatchaVERT (at) Ponds-Edge.net VT Cave Rescue Patch

Low & High-Angle Rope Rescue, 

River Rescue, Backcountry Rescue, Cave Rescue


basic knots – simple anchors

low-angle rappeling & belaying



more knots – anchor systems

steep-angle litter raising, lowering, & belaying systems



loads, forces & vectors

multi-point load-distributing anchors

back-ties & directionals – artificial high anchors

compound & complex mechanical advantage pulley systems

patient pick-offs – vertical lowering & raising systems – offsets & highlines



curriculum and practicum created to meet your specific needs


Training History

Departments, Squads, Teams Trained:Litter Lower

  • Berkshire Mountain Search & Rescue Team (MA)
  • Upper Valley Wilderness Response Team (NH/VT)
  • Readsboro VT FD
  • Wardsboro VT FD
  • Whitingham VT Ambulance
  • Yankee Atomic high-angle rescue team (3x MA)
  • Firefighter 1 ropes segment (Bennington VT)
  • Pownal VT FD
  • Rowe MA FD
  • Westminster VT FD
  • VT Cave Rescue AssociationLadder Raise
  • Manchester VT Rescue Squad
  • MA Task Force 1 FEMA USAR Team
  • Elliot Hospital Paramedic tech rescue training (NH)
  • NCRC Orientation to Cave Rescue (5x, NY & VT)
  • Warren VT FD
  • Mad River Valley Rescue & mutual aid squads (VT)
  • Montpelier VT Parks Trail Crew (2x)
  • Manchester VT Fire Department (2x)

Reference Letter from Yankee Atomic

Thank you for the excellent training and advice you provided to Yankee Atomic Electric Company for a site high angle rescue team.  The training provided was timely and site specific.  The training program you developed addressed our specific objectives and allowed us to form a rescue team that would be capable of providing scene stabilization and removal of an accident victim from the top of our containment structure or any roof area at the facility.  Your program was tailored to meet these objectives and we appreciate the time and effort you provided to allow us to form this team in such a short period of time.

Everyone who took the training was completely satisfied and felt confident that if there was an accident they were prepared to respond.  To an individual they expressed that your training was some of the best that has been provided since working here.

We also appreciate the advice you provided in the purchase of equipment and recommended changes to the facility.  Your experience and expertise in this area was apparent to all of us.

You can feel free to use us as a reference at any time.

Edwin L. MayYankee

Rescue Team Leader

Yankee Atomic Electric Company

Rowe, MA

June 18, 2002

Feedback from a Fire Fighter

“This was truly one of the best weekend courses I’ve ever attended. Your expertise and hands-on approach was extraordinary. You clearly know your material “cold” and have a great rapport with your students.”

– Jonathan Ward, Manchester VT Fire Fighter