Thread: New trt

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    I am a member of the newly formed Fayette County Technical Rescue Team. We now a member of Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads, and are looking for info on how to become operational as soon as possible. We could really use your help in this endeavor. We will operate in following disciplines: Rope, Confined Space, Trench, Water, Structural Collapse, Animal Rescue, Search and Rescue, and Extrication. If you don’t mind, could you answer as many questions below as possible. These answers will be used for a study on our teams capabilities and operational scope of practice. Thanks for your time.

    Fayette County Technical Rescue Team

    1. Name of Department-
    2. Years in technical rescue-
    3.Disciplines you operate in-
    4. Besides NFPA, what standards do you follow?
    5. May we have a copy of your SOGs/SOPs?
    6. May we have a copy of you equipment list?
    If not, what equipment do you feel is vital?
    7. What requirements does a member need before becoming active?
    8. How do you train? In house, Outside companies…
    9. How often do you train?
    10. May we have any in-house training PowerPoint’s, manuals…..?
    11. Anything else you have for a newly formed team. Books, guides, good training companies, fund raising ideas etc……

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    Bump. I could really use some help.

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    I am laterally brand new to the technical rescue scene, and part of a brand new task force that was formed this year; however I will do my best to answer your questions.

    1. Georgia Search and Rescue Task Force 3

    2. 2 months

    3. Rope/High Angle, Confined Space, Trench and Structural Collapse

    4. All applicable NFPA and OSHA standards are followed.

    5. As soon as they are set in stone I would be glad to share them with you.

    6. I couldn’t begin to list what all we have, but I will link you to some pictures of the truck and the equipment on it. LINK:

    7. All of our members are trained to NPQ Technician level in all four disciplines as well as to the Operations level in HazMat. Basic first aid is also required, however most members are EMT-I certified to a minimum.

    8. Right now, we are still in the process of getting everyone initially certified. An outside company is handling the training, and we have members who are participating in a train-the-trainer program to become in house instructors for future trainings. Once the team is established, I believe we will train once a quarter.

    9. See above.

    10. We base our training off of the Georgia Fire Academy training materials. I am sure if you contact them they will be more than happy to send you a copy.

    11. Stick with it and try not to get frustrated. Best advice out there.

    Is your team going to contract out the training to a company to do it for you?

    As far as easy training resources, go to and and start reading and watching videos. Plethora of information available.

    Hope this helped you in some way or another
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    1. Grant County (WA) Fire District 10 (volunteer)
    2. 17 years in rope rescue. Much much less in other rescue disciplines.
    3. The only specialized team we have is rope rescue. Everything else is standard FD fare: structure response, wildland response, MVA response.
    4. We COMPLY with WA state administrative code for the fire service. We do not comply with NFPA, but NFPA 1983, 1670, and 1006 do influence our operations as guidelines (This will be clearer once you read our operational guidelines).
    5. Yes. Email me at and I'll send you a copy.
    6. Yes. Again, email me and I'll compile a list for you.
    7. Read our operational guidelines.
    8. Combination of inside and outside training, heavily biased to inside training. If you want, I can send you the names of two very reputable rope rescue schools.
    9. Once per month, plus two additional "recreational" trips to the local rock climbing area.
    10. Yes. Email me. I'm in the process of cleaning up my materials in preparation for training another local department, so give me a few weeks.
    11. I can give you all sorts of tips that you'll never find on paper...

    Best of Luck.

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