Operations Division - BFD Technical Rescue Team
The mission of the Bakersfield Fire Department Technical Rescue Team (TRT) is to manage and coordinate life-saving efforts in the search, extrication, and safe-guarding of trapped victims during natural and man-made accidents and disasters. Members of the Team continually strive to follow the most current rescue methodology and practices in providing the safest, most expedient, and cost-effective technical rescue operations available. Bakersfield Fire Department Technical Rescue Team personnel generously offer support and cooperation to all concerned agencies in accomplishing our mission in the most professional and courteous manner possible.
The Bakersfield Fire Department Technical Rescue Team is comprised of rescue companies as well as individuals who are trained as Technical Rescue Specialists in a number of specialized rescue operations.
These specialties include:
- Collapse Rescue
- Rope Rescue High Angle * Low Angle
- Trench Rescue
- USAR Medical
- USAR Hazmat
- Heavy Equipment and Rigging
- USAR Communications
- Confined Space Rescue
- USAR Logistics
- Canine Search
- Technical Search * Listening Device
The Bakersfield Fire Department currently has two Truck Companies and four Engine Companies designated as Rescue Companies. All members of these companies are certified as Rescue Technician I and many are trained to the Rescue System II level. In addition to the Rescue Companies, there are many individuals assigned to other companies trained as Rescue Specialists. At this time, the total number of people on the Technical Rescue Team is 63, out of the 158 uniformed personnel.
Some members are also trained as instructors in the area of Rescue Systems I, Confined Space Rescue, and Swiftwater Rescue Technician I. These instructors are utilized to train Technical Rescue Team members as well as other members of the Bakersfield Fire Department.
The Technical Rescue Team responds to
technical rescue incidents at several different levels.
Initial Response ( first responders) For simple rescues or extremely time critical rescues- first 20 minutes of an incident.
( rescue companies) For more complex rescues requiring special training and equipment- 10 minutes to 3 hours in duration.
BFD Technical Rescue Team Callout
For highly complex rescues or long duration events lasting in excess of three hours. The TRT will be capable of handling the first 12 to 24 hours of an incident.
USAR resources requested through OES
For major events exceeding the capability of local resources to effectively handle. These are long duration events typically lasting from 18 hours to days or weeks.