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rope rescueTECHNICAL RESCUE


Fire District 1’s Technical Rescue Team is made up of firefighters trained with advanced specialty rescue training. Martha Lake Fire Station 21 is home to the team and TR21, a specialized truck stocked with equipment and tools to support the mission of the team. Team members are on duty at the station 24/7.

Fire District 1’s rescue technicians are also part of the Snohomish County Technical Rescue Team, which provides regional response. Fire District 1 is one of nine participating jurisdictions. Combining resources into a single regional team allows pooling of resources and sharing of equipment to respond efficiently and effectively.

Members of the technical rescue team have specialized training for:

  • Collapsed buildings
  • Urban search and rescue
  • Trench cave-ins
  • Confined-space rescues
  • Ice and surface water rescues
  • High- and low-angle rope rescue systems

Members of the Fire District 1 Technical Rescue Team worked many long hours supporting the search and rescue effort following the Oso Landslide.