On the Clock with the Arlington Fire Department’s Technical Rescue Team

On the Clock is a show that gives residents an inside look at the hard work city employees do every day to make Arlington a better community to live, learn, work and play.

This month’s episode, hosted by City Manager Trey Yelverton, gives residents a behind-the-scenes look at the Arlington Fire Department’s Technical Rescue Team.

The Arlington Fire Department is committed to providing its citizens and visitors with emergency response for a variety of circumstances. As part of that goal, the members of Fire Station 8 have been trained to provide Technical Rescue response for the following specialized incidents: Rope Rescue, Trench Rescue, Confined Space Rescue, and Structural Collapse Rescue.

Rope Rescue events occur when a rescue must be affected either above or below ground level and requires the use of ropes to reach and extract the victim. Trench Rescue events occur when a person is trapped below ground by dirt or rock of a collapsed trench. Confined Space events are rescues of persons trapped in small enclosed areas with limited access. The final specialized discipline conducted by Station 8 personnel is Structural Collapse Rescue. These events occur when structures collapse, thereby trapping persons inside the building.

Each of these technical rescue disciplines requires a commitment to ongoing continued education and training by each member of the team along with specialized equipment. The members of Fire Station 8 are proud to provide these services along with their regular emergency medical and fire duties to Arlington residents and visitors.

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