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Urban Search and Rescue

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Confined Space Rescue

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Vehicle Machinery Rescue

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High Angle Rescue

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Trench Rescue

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Large Animal Rescue

The department is able to provide specialized rescue services in unique situations because of its technical rescue operations. The goal of the Technical Rescue Team (TRT) is to respond immediately to an emergency situation that occurs in or near the Lakeland community. The department’s TRT #421 is part of the Statewide Emergency Response Plan, as such, there is a possibility that the team may be requested to respond outside of their service area and throughout the region as a state resource.

To meet the state’s requirements for a Heavy Technical Rescue Team the team must be able to respond immediately with eight members trained to the technician level, along with the approved state equipment cache to an incident. Members responding will be on duty and go directly to the emergency scene. The training provided meets national standards. The specific areas of training are: structural collapse rescue, confined space rescue, high or low angle rope rescue, trench rescue, vehicle and machinery rescue, and swift water rescue. In addition, several members are trained in large animal rescue.

Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Training

  • There are a minimum of 45 Operations Level trained members on the team. TRT #421 also has a total of:
  • 20 Rope Technicians
  • 36 Trench Technicians
  • 31 Confined Space Technicians
  • 16 Vehicle Machinery Technicians
  • 15 Structural Collapse Technicians
  • 13 Swift Water Technicians
  • 11 Large Animal Technicians

Monthly training is conducted by TRT Certified In-House Instructors (referenced in the annual reports training calendar). Mandatory training includes rope training four times a year and confined space, structural collapse, trench, and vehicle/machinery rescue training two times a year. Each training session with the exception of trench (8 hours) rescue, is a minimum of 4 hours.