GWO Advanced Rescue Training - Nacelle, Tower and Basement Rescue (NTBRR) Refresher course


GWO Advanced Rescue Training - Nacelle, Tower and Basement Rescue (NTBRR) Module approved by Global Wind Organization (GWO).


The aim of this module is to review and build on previously gained knowledge and skills from the Nacelle, Tower & Basement module as well as the BST Working at Heights and manual handling modules to enable the course participant to perform injured person rescue operations in a WTG nacelle, tower and basement, by using industry standard rescue equipment, methods and techniques. The Nacelle, Tower and Basement Rescue Refresher module shall ensure that course participants are able to:

Assess and determine rescue strategy (relevant rescue method, technique, certified equipment, and required personnel) for various rescue scenarios, from the nacelle, tower or basement of a WTG.

Assess and determine evacuation strategy during a rescue operation, attending to a clear and preferred evacuation route for the injured person outside or inside the tower.

Explain and demonstrate the identification and suitable selection of certified and structural anchor points, relevant for various rescue scenarios.

Explain and apply the concept of lifting angle, angle factor and deviation.

Explain national and local requirements and/or procedures for helicopter rescue in an WTG, including preparing the injured person, preparing the WTG, the Heli-pad safe zones and safe behaviour included.

Explain and control common risks of hazardous energies and common hazards of enclosed space areas, when performing rescue operations.

Apply rescue methods and techniques in performing descending and ascending rescue operations, from a WTG nacelle, tower and basement, using a rescue stretcher and spineboard, manually and power-driven lowering/raising rescue system (rescue device, pulley system or similar).

Fit a harness and other PPE (e.g. helmet, safety glasses) onto an injured person, in an enclosed space.

Package an injured person on a rescue stretcher and spineboard in a vertical or horizontal configuration to enable safe transportation, by doing regular checks, using rescue equipment such as cervical collar and avoiding head down configuration of the unconscious injured person.

Manually transport an injured person on a rescue stretcher or spineboard - in a balanced way.

Change directly from balancing an injured person from a horizontal position to a vertical configuration (and vice versa) when suspended.

Perform rescue operations, in the nacelle, tower and basement, using safe and suitable (certified or structural) anchor points, lifting angles, deviation, and edge protection for the rescue equipment.

Perform rescue operations using the casualties personal fall protection on the injured person - as fall protection backup, when required.

Perform rescue operations in a WTG nacelle, tower and basement using personal flashlight (e.g. helmet light), if required due to poor lighting conditions.

Act as the informal rescue team coordinator performing scene assessment and hazard identification, assessing and determining the rescue strategy and exercising clear communication.

Perform clear and precise communication in a stressful rescue operation, both with members of the rescue team as a team coordinator and as a team member.

Apply clear communication and guidance to other emergency responders (e.g. vessel crew or ambulance crew) including coordinating the handover of an injured person.

Transport an injured person horizontally over the length of the turbine, with the use of industry rescue equipment (zip line).

Transport an injured person to a higher platform, using rescue up techniques and equipment (both manual and power-driven) in a controlled and secure manner.

Describe the legal requirements, and explain the risks posed by manual handling in a wind turbine.

Safely and correctly move objects utilizing correct manual handling techniques.

Acknowledging the benefits of having a coordinator in a rescue team, and the responsibility that comes with it.

Taking part in discussing which advanced rescue preparations, and emergency and communication procedures, apply in their own organization.

Committing themselves to avoid incidents from where they may be exposed to a rescue operation.

Committing themselves to act out this value by demonstrating a pro-active approach and role model behaviour. 

Course contents

Lesson 1 - Introduction

Lesson 2 - Emergency Response Plan in Your Own Organization

Lesson 3 - Knowledge Review

Lesson 4 - Measures to Prevent Injury During Training

Lesson 5 - Manual Handling

Lesson 6 - Working at Height - Rescue from Ladder

Lesson 7 - Working at Height - Self-Evacuation

Lesson 8 - Measures to Prevent Injury during Training

Lesson 9 - Evacuation of an Injured Person from the Nacelle to the Base of the Tower

Lesson 10 - Rescue from Enclosed Space

Lesson 11 - Rescue from Crawl Space

Lesson 12 - Rescue Up

Lesson 13 - Evaluation

Target group  

Personnel who will be working in the wind industry or related fields and will have their duties in a wind turbine environment. Personnel that may need or is selected by their employer to perform advanced rescue or lead an advanced rescue operation, where training according to one or more modules of the GWO Advanced Rescue Training may mitigate the identified risks.

Entry standards 

All personnel participating in advanced rescue training shall be medically fit and capable of fully participating.

Valid GWO ART - Nacelle, Tower & Basement, GWO Working at Heights, GWO First Aid and GWO Manual Handling certificates are prerequisites for participation.

Furthermore, Course Participants shall have created a personal Course Participant profile in WINDA and provide their own WINDA ID prior to completing the training.

Course limitation

The course ratio are 4 participants on 1 instructor


2 days