Tactical Rescue Team

In 2000, after doing a risk assessment for our community, the Lafayette Fire Department saw a need for providing specialized rescue in areas of confined space, trench collapse, building collapse and rope rescue. The events of September 11, 2001 reaffirmed this thinking. In the fall of 2000 the Lafayette Fire Department began developing a Tactical Rescue Team (TRT) to handle these areas of specialized rescue.

The Lafayette Fire Department's Tactical Rescue Team specializes in the following disciplines:
  • Antennae/Tower Rescue
  • Confined Space
  • High/Low Angle Rope Rescue
  • Structural Collapse
  • Trench Collapse
The Lafayette Fire Department Tactical Rescue Team is the only team in the 9 county area of District 4 to provide this level of rescue service. The team is recognized by the State of Indiana as a team that may be deploy-able in the event of a large scale disaster anywhere. Team members are highly trained in:
  • Confined space rescue
  • Rope rescue
  • Structural collapse
  • Trench rescue
Tactical Rescue Team members also receive technician level training in heavy vehicle/machinery extrication and antennae/tower rescue. View photo of our TRT training.

Team members rotate training between these disciplines at the Lafayette Fire Department Training Center and various industrial sites around Lafayette such as Tate and Lyle, Rea Wire and Alcoa.

Our training follows NFPA guidelines 1670 and 1006 for technical rescue and is focused on acquiring certification of team members as rescue technicians with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. The TRT is concentrating on providing service to the Lafayette Fire Department's response area, and throughout Region 4 and the state of Indiana. Our training is also designed to follow FEMA USAR team protocols in order for our team to work with the FEMA Task Force Teams on large incidents.

The Tactical Rescue Team consists of 20 members of the Lafayette Fire Department. These firefighters are of various ranks in the department. These 20 members of the TRT are volunteering their off-duty time to develop the team, train and respond to these incidents. The team members participate in monthly training sessions in order to stay fluent in the rescue operations.

Team membership is completely voluntary and members receive no type of compensation for the many hours of off-duty training that they put in.

The TRT has been able to acquire grants from the Build Indiana Fund and Homeland Security to purchase most of the tools and equipment required for handling specialized rescue.

After the events of September 11, 2001, the fire service across the country is evaluating the readiness to deal with a rescue of specialized nature. The Lafayette Fire Department was a step ahead of the game by already assessing these needs and taking steps to prepare.
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