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Level 3 Direct Emergency Rescue and Recovery of Casulties from Confined Spaces (6160-07)


Confined space work cannot happen without sound and regulatory standard rescue and recovery protocols in place. Those implementing the process must be highly knowledgeable and adaptable to deal with various, often high-stress situations and to remove casualties from confined spaces quickly and safely. 

The City and Guild’s Level 3 Award in Direct Emergency Rescue and Recovery of Casualties from Confined Spaces (6160-07) delivers the necessary skills and knowledge to plan, organise and lead a rescue team in confined spaces. The course reflects the national occupational standard for directing emergency rescue and recovery of casualties from confined spaces covering water and non-water industry areas.  

Course Outline

The course is multi-faceted to reflect the many layers of the role. As such, it is a mix of physical and classroom-based exercises and tutorials covering topics such as; safety, escape, and emergency equipment,  personal protective equipment, and communications systems to identify unsafe activity, risk control, contaminant disposal, and more.  

Our occupationally-experienced educators coach delegates in this intensive one-day course, finishing with a practical assessment and written exam. They must pass both elements of the course to qualify. 

Course Programme

This comprehensive training is critical for the safe deployment and management of rescue workers in confined spaces. Delegates will review legal requirements, ensure safety compliance; prepare procedures and appropriate documentation, and make suitable arrangements for dealing with emergencies and rescue operations.

The learnings will equip delegates to; 

 Understand and appoint safe systems of work with (live point of works risk assessments) 
 Recognise and delegate roles and responsibilities of rescue team members 
 Know and implement emergency rescue plans 
 Recognise and safe use of rescue equipment 
 Know the appropriate PPE for rescues 
 Brief a rescue team 
 Liaise with the Emergency Services 
 Carry out post-incident investigation/reporting 

On Completion

At the end of the training, successful delegates will know how to;  

Plan and prepare emergency operations for a rescue team including risk assessments and protective equipment planning and testing  
Mobilise a rescue team and direct entry and exit to the confined space  
Monitor a rescue team to ensure everyone follows procedure, including compliance, vigilance, and post-incident investigation 
Understand the principles of working as a rescue team leader  
Understand rescue team leader duties and responsibilities, including reporting systems, key requirements, and process explanations 

Who Should Attend?

This City & Guilds Level 3 Award for 6160-07 is for anyone who directs the activities of a team for rescue or recovery in confined spaces. This may include rescue team leader, coordinator, entry controller/top person or supervisor concerning rescue and recovery of casualties, planning and preparing for emergency operations, mobilising rescue teams, directing and monitoring rescue activities, and reporting and securing sites after incidents or emergencies. 

Course Duration

This one-day intensive course trains participants to safely and effectively direct emergency rescue and recovery of casualties from confined spaces on completion and certification.

Why Citrus?

Quality and the customer experience are paramount to us here at Citrus. We work tirelessly to provide exemplary service to our clients and produce excellent results from our delegates. As a result, we are the leading UK-based provider of health, safety, and technical training and assessment services to the Built Environment and Utility sectors.

We proudly work with 85 of the country’s top 100 building services companies providing courses nationwide. Our purpose-built, simulated confined space environments with integrated surveillance are approved by City & Guilds and Water UK, meaning we can provide the most realistic experience in the market.   

To supplement our excellent facilities, we can provide the latest, cutting-edge equipment for all delegates during training through our sister company, Altitude Safety, which also offers over 10,000 safety products and equipment from leading manufacturers available to hire or purchase.  

Crucially, our dedicated trainers provide expert knowledge and real-world experience to manage the most complex and high-risk, hazardous scenarios in confined space training. As a result, we’ve successfully delivered training for over 35,000 delegates across the Confined Space and City & Guilds training category.    

Things You Need to Know

If supervising teams performing rescue and recovery, learners must also hold the City & Guilds Working as a Member of a Rescue and Recovery Team in Confined Spaces qualification (6160-08) or an equivalent qualification. 

Popular FAQ's

Delegates must already hold a current 6160-08 qualification, and proof of certification will be required to continue with this training. 

You need to attend an accredited course set to Water UK Standards. We offer the City & Guilds qualifications set to Water UK Standards and permit work on water and utility sites. 

Yes, we can bring our mobile confined space unit to site; you need to provide a suitable classroom for the theory parts of the course and adequate parking for the unit. Also, we may be able to use a non-live confined space with a permit to work and risk assessment if you have one. Please contact our team to speak to one of our advisors for more information.  

Course type will depend on the confined space you work in and the equipment you use. For example, Entry Controller is for candidates who DO NOT enter a confined space but safely control the confined space from the top, and Entry is for people who physically enter a form of confined space. Please contact our team to speak to one of our advisors for more information. 

For this confined space course you WILL need to be clean shaven.

This course is only available in English. Translators are not allowed under the C&G exam condition rules. 

Certificates and cards can vary depending on the awarding body. Generally, these can take six-eight weeks.  

(NOTE: this will shorten when we go digital, taking four-six weeks)  

No, Citrus training provides all equipment for the courses. However, delegates will need to bring their own PPE, including hard hat, safety footwear, and gloves.

There is a mix of theory and practical elements on the confined space courses, with an exam for both segments.   

Three years. 

There is no grace period set, but once your certificate has expired, you need to do the whole course again.

Unfortunately, we do not offer refresher courses. 

Yes, you can as long as you pay into the CITB levy. As an ATO, we can claim grants on the City & Guilds courses we offer. 

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