Although technical rescue training has been included in regular training regimens at North Metro Fire for a number of years, the Technical Rescue Team was formalized in 2001. The goal of the Technical Rescue Team is to provide specialized expertise for unusual rescue situations including rope rescue, water rescue, confined space rescue, trench rescue, heavy vehicle stabilization and extrication, and structural collapse rescue.
While many of these special rescue situations are not everyday events, when they do occur, fire personnel are presented with unusual and often very dangerous challenges requiring the use of specialized rescue equipment in hazardous environments.
North Metro Fire houses a regional response vehicle for trench rescue and structural collapse that stores a variety of tools and supplies needed for such resource-intensive incidents. Additionally, the District is part of the North Area Technical Rescue Team (NATRT), which is comprised of 10 north area fire departments and over 150 rescue technicians. Members of the NATRT come together quarterly to train on a variety of high-risk rescue scenarios and have been called out on numerous incidents over the years.
North Metro Fire also has several technical rescue team members who are members of the Colorado Task Force 1 -- a search and rescue team deployed as a federal resource to large-scale disasters across the country.