Regional Urban Search & Rescue

In our continuing effort to better serve the community, numerous personnel from the Operations Division are trained as a part of a State sponsored Urban Search and Rescue Team which is formally classified as a Type II Light Technical Rescue Team (LTRT).  As a part of their training, personnel must be trained to the Operations Level in five disciplines, including High Angle Rescue, Confined Space Rescue, Trench Rescue, Structural Collapse Rescue, and Vehicle & Machinery Entrapment Rescue.  Along with the initial training, which encompasses more than 160 hours of intense classroom and practical application training, Team Members continue to train throughout the year in order to keep their skills well honed.  Throughout the years, USAR Teams have been deployed to Catastrophic Events or Natural Disasters such as Hurricanes Andrew, Ivan, and Katrina, as well as events like the recent earthquake in Haiti.  Members of our team have been involved in multiple successful rescues during 2013 and 2014.