The Technical Rescue Team (TRT) is comprised of 15 career personnel who are trained to be rescue technicians in various rescue disciplines. Team members receive extensive training in the areas of Rope Rescue, Swift Water Rescue, and Heavy Rescue. Douglas County Fire District No. 2 responds to both Swift Water and Rope Rescue emergencies throughout Central Douglas County. The Fire District and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office respond jointly through an Automatic Aid Agreement to area’s outside the boundaries of Douglas County Fire District No. 2.
Team members utilize special equipment and apparatus in the course of their job. The Fire District responds using a light rescue unit equipped with the latest in rope rescue gear. A Cataraft, Paddle raft, and a motorized Zodiac rescue boat are used for various types of Water Rescue situations.
Emergencies that require dispatch of a TRT occur infrequently but they are also incidents that pose a significant risk to both victims and firefighters.
Douglas County Fire District No. 2 staffs Rescue Technicians 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. These Technicians are also a valuable resource for training other firefighters in the skills of technical rescue.
The TRT continues to build relationships with the business community. Future improvements in service are focused on sharing information, training and resources with contractors, labor and professional organizations.
Technical Rescue Team Members
|A Shift||B Shift||C Shift|
|Capt. Mark Hernandez||Capt. Andy Hatfield||Capt. Josh Waechter|
|Lt. Gabe Allen||Lt. Mike Merlino||Lt. Josh Wagner|
|Eng. Nick Wecks||Lt. Ryan Felker||Eng. Barry Smith|
|FF Jeff Cole||Eng. Tate Powell||Eng. Tim Adams|