The RATS personnel possess expert skills in Rope Rescue. Rope Rescue can be defined as rescue from heights above 3 metres. In Christchurch this typically means high rise buildings and other structures (construction cranes, silos) and recreational facilities found in close proximity to the city (The Port Hills).
The team has extensively studied overseas techniques, equipment and data to develop systems that maximise rescuer and patient safety while performing effective rescues. The team has standard operating procedures with clear responsibilities and lines of command.
The RATS are able to provide specialist Rope Rescue support to statutory emergency services in the Christchurch area. With the Port Hills used by the general public for recreational activities including rock climbing and abseiling as well as the many tracks and roads, this makes the team a valuable outdoor safety resource. The RATS are able to assist recovery from Motor Vehicle crashes on the Port Hills.
During a declared Civil Defence emergency the Rope Rescue skills of the RATS will be used to help community resources enable retrieval and rescue of trapped people - both above and below ground level.