Ropes and Knots

CEF007 – 4.00 Hours


FP CEF007 51 $10.00 Register

This schedule is subject to change without notice. If you have not received confirmation of the class prior to the class start, please contact the division at (866) 878-8900 or [email protected] to get the latest schedule.

Course Description

The application of ropes and knots in the fire service is limited only by the firefighter’s imagination. Varying from a single rope control line to a complex mechanical advantage system, firefighters will be required to understand rope and webbing, knots, and their applications in the fire and rescue environment.  

Understanding rope materials and construction gives you the foundational knowledge of limitations and applications of rope systems. As you advance on you will understand elements of knots and using those knots for hoisting, and rescue operations. As you continue to progress throughout your career and knowledge you will progress into mechanical advantage, hardware and rescue systems. These complex systems are still built off of the basic principles of ropes and knots. Whether it be a search rope, a control zone, or a complex rescue system the firefighter’s knowledge of the basics will ensure proficiency in the overall application.  

This course offers 4 CE hours covering ropes, webbing, and knots. As well as an interactive practice session and a module quiz based off IFSTA Essentials of Firefighting, 7th Edition Manual.  This course satisfies: NFPA 1001 4.1.2, 4.3.3, 4.3.9, 4.3.20, 4.5.1


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Completion Requirements

Technical Requirements

In order to successfully complete this course, you should have access to computer equipment meeting the following system requirements:

  • Recommended screen resolution: 1280 x 1024
  • Minimum screen resolution: 1024 x 768
  • Broadband or high speed internet
  • Latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari web browsers
  • Latest version of Flash
  • Latest version of Adobe Reader

Text Book

Students are expected to use the Essentials of Firefighting, 7th Edition Manual

Attendance Requirements

To meet attendance requirements, participants must review each training module and complete all required course assignments, activities, quizzes, and/or end of course exam.

Upon successful completion, you will be able to:

  • 1. Differentiate between life safety rope and utility rope.
  • 2. Describe the various materials and methods used to construct rope.
  • 3. Describe the procedures for inspecting, cleaning, and maintaining ropes.
  • 4. Describe how webbing is used, inspected, maintained, and stored.
  • 5. Identify types of knots.
  • 6. Describe the procedure for hoisting various tools and equipment.
  • 7. Explain how ropes and knots are used during rescues and at other emergencies.

Suggested Audience

Individuals seeking continuing education in the fire service.

Continuing Education And Professional Credits

  • 4.00 hours – Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP)
  • State Firefighters’ and Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas (SFFMA)