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Aerial Rescue Challenge 2020


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ARC: Aerial Rescue Challenge 2019 Complete!

September 6th-8th 2019

ARC 2019 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 new 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 2019 Schedule

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

Where is ARC 2019?

ARC 2019 will take place on private property in Alger, Washington. 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 2019 Instructors & Speakers

ARC Instructor Stephen Connally

Stephen Connally

Stephen Connally is a production climber/ISA-Arborist with 21 years of 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, 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

ARC Instructor Jeff Inman

Jeff Inman

Jeff has worked to develop safety programs for various tree care companies and conducts training to improve climbing techniques and safety culture in the arborist community. Jeff has competed in over 30 TCCs, placed second in the 2018 ISA ITCC, and is a two-time Kentucky State Tree Climbing Champion. In addition, he is co-creator of the Appalachian Tree Climbing Competition, an ISC Industrial Athlete, and Instructor on Rope Wrench climbing at the Charlotte Arborist Association. An innovator in the tree climbing community for techniques and skills, Jeff creates policies, procedures, and training plans for multiple tree care companies, and serves on the SRT Work Positioning Policy Team for F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Company.

Jeff owns Wild Seed Arboriculture and co-owns Elowen Arborist Company. He is an ISA Certified Arborist, TCIA Certified Tree Care Safety Professional, and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources Conservation in 2011 with a minor in Forestry.

ARC Instructor Ryan Murphy

Ryan Murphy

Ryan is an ISA certified arborist who started as one of the resident arborists at the Butchart Gardens, where he developed a keen eye for detail and a solid foundation of proper practices and techniques. He has since applied these skills with tree care companies in Victoria BC, Germany, Sweden, and Switzerland. Ryan has won the BC Tree Climbing Competition three times and has placed in the finals of the Pacific Northwest Chapter competition every time he has entered. When not working with power saws, he has lead guided tree climbs, assisted with and conducted his own canopy research, accessed raptor nests for nestling banding, and rigged for documentary filming in the canopies of PNW old growth.

Ryan is also a recreational rock climber with 20 years of experience; these complimentary skillsets on rope combined with his scientific mind give him a strong theoretical and practical understanding of rigging and general rope work. Whenever possible, he enjoys sharing this knowledge by leading workshops on climbing, rigging, or aerial rescue techniques.

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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