Wind Turbine Access for Emergency Responders (WTAFER)

The Wind Turbine Access for Emergency Responders (WTAFER) course is for members of the rescue services who may need to perform a rescue at a wind turbine. Wind turbines pose some special challenges: they are often in rural areas and/or are difficult to reach. Those working on wind turbines may be in potentially confined spaces, where a rescue is a challenging task for fire and rescue services and other emergency responders.

Due to its international relationships, where instructors face these challenges from different perspectives (safe working, fire and rescue), Rescue 3 Europe has developed the Wind Turbine Access for Emergency Responders course to help organisations maintain high safety standards at all times. Rescue 3 Europe provides an agreed international certified training program to their training providers and instructors, to help them provide up to date information in this rapidly growing market of renewable energy.


Course length

1 day


Course content includes:

  • Legislation and standards
  • Rescuer safety and survival
  • Hazards
  • Medical considerations
  • Personal and team equipment
  • Pre-planning
  • Size-up
  • Risk assessment when working at height
  • Communications
  • Types of wind turbines and operating principles
  • Tag out/lock out
  • Introduction to ropes, knots and technical gear
  • Anchor systems
  • Placing rope protection
  • Administering treatment at height
  • Haul systems
  • Rescue of patient from tower/nacelle




Qualification valid for:

3 years


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