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ARC: Aerial Rescue Challenge 2021

September 10th-12th 2021

The ARC is back! The first Aerial Rescue Challenge in 2019 was a huge success, bringing together professionals in tree care, rope access, and rescue for three days of training, fun, and competition. The 2021 ARC will bring new events, instructors, and challenges.

If you went last year or talked to someone who did, you may be ready to sign up now! Space is limited - get your team of 4 together and register today! (That's right - the ARC is a team event from the start this year.) If you are new to ARC, read on to learn more about this unique event.

ARC 2021 Sponsors

The Aerial Rescue Challenge would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. These industry leaders have our gratitude for stepping up in a big way to make this event happen!

What is ARC?

The Aerial Rescue Challenge (ARC) is a 3-day event focused on growth and learning in Aerial Rescue sharpened through the Challenge of competition. The ARC is the first event of it's kind to bring together professionals from Arboriculture, Industrial Rope Access, and Fire/Rescue. Participants will learn from top industry professionals, compete individually, and vie for places in the Team Competition to compete for cash and prizes.

ARC 2021 is a team-based event. You will need to register with your team-members as part of 4-person team. Organize with your friends, name your team, and enter that name when you sign up. If you don't have a group to go with, you can coordinate on the ARC Facebook page here:

If you are not able to sign up as part of a team, we will form teams at the event.

ARC 2021 Schedule

  • Day 1: Education
    • Speakers and Clinics in Arboriculture, IRA, and Fire/Rescue
  • Day 2: Individual and Team Trials
    • Climbers participate in individual Aerial Rescue Events, Skill Trials, and a Team Event
    • Group lunch for all - network across work-at-height disciplines
  • Day 3: Team Competition
    • Top teams from day 2 compete in the Masters challenge
    • Prizes awarded

Where is ARC?

ARC 2021 will take place on private property in Alger, Washington. (The same spot as 2019 for returning competitors.) September in Western Washington is beautiful - long, temperate days and beautiful natural settings will make an amazing backdrop for the Challenge.

19007 Friday Creek Lane, Burlington, WA, 98233

ARC 2021 Instructors & Speakers

ARC Instructor Stephen Connally

Stephen Connally

Stephen Connally is a production climber/ISA-Arborist with 25 years of arboriculture experience, and the owner at Adaptable Aerial Solutions LLC. He is a Captain/Paramedic-Retired at Norfolk Fire Rescue VA, with 27 years as a First Responder. The majority of his career has been spent on/supervising Technical Rescue/HAZMAT teams. He has presented at numerous industry events, and instructed at the Crane Safety Climber School. CTSP, EHAP, NCCCO Licensed Crane Operator, TCIA Crane Operations Specialist Instructor. United States Navy, Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm Veteran.

Read more about Steve on his site

John Sheridan

John has worked for 32 years with Phoenix Fire Department on ladder trucks and heavy rescues, was a member of their Special Operations Team, and is a technician in rope rescue as well as hazardous materials. While on the Special Operations team, he became a Lead Instructor that was heavily involved with bringing new team members up to NFPA's operational level and a large number of team members to the technical level in rope rescue. John was a member of Arizona Task Force 1, which is one of the 28 national Urban Search and Rescue Teams. His involvement in FEMA has taken him to many national classes for instructors of urban search and rescue; he was an adjunct HERS (Heavy Equipment Rigging Specialist), Lead Instructor in Structural Collapse, and was involved in this training for the members of Arizona Task Force 1.

John also manages the Special Operations program for Paradise Valley Community College. This program teaches both Arizona Fire Marshall Rope Rescue and NFPA Technical Level rope rescue.


ARC Instructor Troll


Troll serves on the Board of Directors and is acting President of the Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT). He is a SPRAT level 3 and IRATA level 3, a SPRAT evaluator, Training Coordinator for CAN-USA, and works as a Technical Consultant for CAN Equipment Sales. Troll spends most of his time training and/or certifying people to work on rope. He also does work outside of these functions, mostly offshore in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Enjoy this video recap of the first ARC while you wait for 2021. This year is going to be a blast - see you there!

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