GWO Working at Height & Advanced Rescue for the Emergency Services


  • UK Courses – £655 ex VAT per person (VAT charged at 20%)
  • Shannon Airport – €850 per person

Duration – 3 days (24 hours)

Course Overview

Working at Height & Rescue – Wind Turbines for Emergency Services course provides specialist training to address the safety and competence of emergency services personnel who are required to access a wind turbine in the event of an incident.

Work at height and rescue training at DONG site, Belfast

On completion of training, emergency personnel will be able to climb a fixed ladder, use fall protection equipment, understand the hazards, risks and basic rescue techniques associated with working at height in a wind turbine generator.  Participants will be trained to use a constant rate descender for self evacuation and rescue.  Emergency personnel who successfully complete the training course will be certified as competent in accordance with the Global Wind Organisation Working at Height and GWO Advanced Rescue – Hub, Spinner and Inside Blade Rescue Training Standards.

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  • Group booking dates available on request, contact ARCH for details
  • If dates are not suitable, please contact our office email. or tel. 00 44 28 66326267 for alternative dates

Course Syllabus

  • Risks associated with working at height in wind turbine generators
  • Legislation, regulations, approved codes of practice and best practice for work at height in/on wind turbine generators
  • Planning work – Safe system of work (permits, procedures, tool box talks, risk assessments for work at height activity in wind turbine generators
  • Selection, pre and post use check, and storing of PPE
  • Correct fitting and use of equipment
  • Practical climbing and descending techniques of fixed ladders and use of fall protection systems
  • Conflicting activities, environmental factors and manual handling
  • Basic rescue principles and techniques using a constant rate descender
  • Practical rescue techniques of self and colleague
  • Assess and select a rescue strategy inside a hub, spinner and blade
  • Risk assessment for rescue in an enclosed space
  • Selection of anchor points and other rescue equipment for rescue
  • Fit harness and other PPE onto a casualty
  • Perform rescue operations using a stretcher and spinal board
  • Manoeuvre, lifting and lowering of a casualty
  • Communication for rescue
  • Casualty management

Instructor:Trainee Ratio


Course Assessment

Practical and written


Global Wind Organisation certificate valid for 2 years from assessment date. Your training record will be uploaded on to WINDA.

Re-certification Training

Candidates undertaking refresher re-certification training for GWO Working at Heights must undertake training and re-assessment before the expiry date of their current GWO Working at Heights certificate and/or GWO Advanced Rescue certificate.  GWO Working at Heights re-certification training and re-assessment is conducted in 1 day (8 hours). GWO Advanced Rescue – Hub, Spinner and Inside Blade Rescue re-assessment is conducted in one day.

Admission Requirements

Those attending should be practicing emergency service personnel in the fire or ambulance services and be medically and physically fit to carry out the practical part of the course and free from medical contra-indications that may prevent them from working safely at height (A list of conditions that could affect practical training and work at height is available on request). Course participants will be required to self-certify their medical and physical fitness before commencement of the course.  Any persons weighing over 136KG should advise ARCH before booking on this course.

Participants should be aged 18 years or over and must supply ARCH with their WINDA ID.

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