What We Do

Arroyo Rescue was founded in Farmington, New Mexico, in 1997. Since then, we have been consulting and teaching around the United States and Internationally. We specialize in Technical Rescue so whether it is Ropes, Rivers or Rescue, we are there for you! Our staff have a highly varied and specialized background as first responders, experiential educators, disaster response and international development. 

Who We Are

We specialize in Fire/Rescue instruction and act as consulting specialists who work with rescue professionals ranging from the firefighter to the military. For those who rely on their training, we sell the highest quality rescue equipment and support those who use it. As educators, we specialize in creative curriculum, and enjoy the challenges that unique organizations pose by being able to combine and modify our classes to best suit our clientele. Whatever the needs of your organization, we can create a curriculum that works for you, while staying within the professional definitions of certification in our classwork. For those who work near rivers and water, our instructors not only are active as professional rescuers, but we enjoy the river in a recreational context as boaters and rafters. This gives us an ability to provide bilaterally focused curriculum to both professional rescuers and guides, and our history on the waterways of the United States gives us the background to train. When it comes to ropes, we specialize in providing training focused around complicated access. We offer courses in Rope Access to professionals on the fire service, search and rescue, and industrial access. Whether training in Farmington, or at your home facilities or locations, we look forward to offering you the highest possible level of rescue instruction. See if any of our current course offerings are of interest to you, or contact us directly to schedule a class!

Class Schedule

Rope Rescue Instructor: October 5-7. Farmington, NM.


For more details, see our Course Schedule page.


Our colleague and brother, Shadd Rohwer, lost his long battle with cancer this year. He was a 19 year veteran of the Farmington Fire Department, FEMA USAR veteran and Rescue 3 International instructor.

He fought his cancer with an astounding level of dedication and fierceness to the very end. He passed away peacefully, honorably, and on his own terms.

He was surrounded by his family and fire brothers. Fellow Rescue 3 and Arroyo Rescue instructors Tom Anderson and Vince Moffitt spent time with him in his last days and hours along with his family and other firefighters from Farmington and Albuquerque Fire Departments.

His death is being handled as a line of duty death because his cancer is covered under NM Presumptive Disability laws. Phoenix and Farmington Fire Departments are standing guard over Shadd until his remains are passed on to the family after a memorial and celebration of his life.

Shadd has a servants heart and a passion for Rivers, firefighting, rescue, teaching and helping others. We worked side by side with Shadd in fires, floods, and the classroom. He leaves a legacy that will continue to touch others in his death.

Rest easy Shadd. In his memory wear your safety gear. He always did and he wasn’t exempt so neither are any of us.