ITRA is the International Technical Rescue Association. We are a global non-profit that provides world wide recognition of technical rescue practitioners and instructors across a wide range of rescue disciplines, including swiftwater, rope, boat, confined space, structural collapse (USAR), and tactical.


  • To promote international best practices and standards for technical rescue.
  • To improve the global portability and recognition of professional rescue qualifications.
  • To provide local flexibility in delivering technical rescue training curriculum.


VISION : Our Hope

  • A collaborative and professional global technical rescue industry.

MISSION : What we do

  1. Recognise and document locally delivered training according to global best practices.
  2. Provide independent competency-based assessments for instructors and technical rescuers.
  3. Maintain a global central database of training records for members.
  4. Share safety-related lessons learned from technical rescue activities to prevent harm.

VALUES : How we do it


  1. Training and assessment systems developed by industry for industry.
  2. A non-profit entity that is driven by and accountable to its membership.
  3. Instructors and Practitioners maintain their currency through robust re-certification process.
  4. Members acting in accordance with a professional Code of Conduct.


  1. Meaningful and genuine consultation with members on our work.
  2. Active use of social media to engage and keep members informed.
  3. Annual disclosure of our activities and finances to our members.
  4. Public register of qualified practitioners, instructors and assessors.

Working together:

  1. To share knowledge, skills, and experiences across all disciplines of technical rescue.
  2. Establish an international reporting system to highlight safety concerns within the industry.
  3. To review and enhance rescue and rescue related training and assessment standards.
  4. To foster collaborative interaction and professional development within the industry.
  5. Membership adds value to individuals and organizations.

Legal Status

     The International Technical Rescue Association is a non-profit corporation, registered in the state of Pennsylvania, USA under the administration of MMCo.

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