Technical Rescue Team
The Broward Sheriff's Office Department of Fire Rescue and Emergency Services (FRES) Technical Rescue Team (TRT) responds to extreme rescue situations such as building collapse and emergency shoring operations, trench/excavation emergencies, confined-space rescue, high-angle/low angle operations and vehicle extrication/stabilization operations. The TRT members receive extensive training, have operational and technician level certifications and demonstrate proficiency in special rescue operations before and while they are assigned as a team member. These requirements are in addition to their firefighter and paramedic educational requirements.
The BSO FRES Technical Rescue Team responds from Station 32. TRT does not have a first due response area, but rather respondes countywide to any municipality or district requesting TRT's regional service. Resource deployment for the TRT includes seven personnel assigned daily, all trained to technican level in technical rescue per NFPA 1670 and 1006.
The team is deployed as follows: an officer, driver engineer and a firefighter paramedic on an Advanced Life Support , 105 foot Tower Ladder. An officer and two firefighter paramedics ride on an Advanced Life Support Rescue Transport Unit. The seventh team member is a driver engineer who responds with a specially designed tractor-trailer which is equipped with a full cadre of equipment to support extreme rescue operations. The trailer also contains an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) used to transport equipment to remote sites and other specialized rescue equipment. The TRT station houses an Air/Light Support Truck equipped with a light tower, generator and cascade system capable of refilling SCBA bottles at the scene of a fire rescue operation.
The BSO FRES Technical Rescue Team is a State of Florida Type-II Light Technical Rescue asset. Some of members of the Technical Rescue Team are also members of the Florida Task Force 2 (FL TF 2), which is one of 26 National Urban Search and Rescue Response System Teams (USAR) in South Florida under the direction of F.E.M.A. FL TF 2 has responded to numerous USAR operations throughout the United States. In 2001, nine members of TRT were deployed to assist in the rescue and recovery mission following the September 11th, terrorist attack and subsequent collapse of the World Trade Center. In January 2010, members of TRT/FL TF 2 were also deployed to Haiti to assist with search and rescue operations after the earthquake.
- Regional Services
- Advanced Bicycle Unit
- Air Rescue
- Hazardous Materials Unit
- SWAT / Tactical Medics Team