Ready to Rescue
Shoreline Fire Department’s Technical Rescue Team provides specialized emergency rescue operations that occur infrequently, yet represent an additional challenge and dangerous component to the Firefighter’s job.
Our Technical Rescue Team is a specially trained 25-member team made up of personnel from various ranks within the Department. To be eligible for an appointment on the team, an individual must have previously completed approximately 180 hours of training on their own time. Members of the team must remain ‘certified’ in various technical rescue dimensions and must complete mandatory annual refresher courses. Team members also pass down their expertise and provide additional training to their co-workers. Our Technical Rescue Team specializes in the following:
- Trench Rescue
- Confined Space
- Rope Rescue
- Rescue Systems
The Shoreline Fire Department is surrounded by several bodies of water, and we realized we needed to upgrade our responses to water related emergencies. This includes 5 miles of shoreline along the Puget Sound, Lake Washington, Lake Ballinger and several small lakes. In 2019 we sent 8 FF’s through a weeklong class for Surface Water Rescue. We have since sent 4 more through the class with 4 more going through next year. Each team member has their own rescue gear including a wetsuit, masks, fins, goggles, and more. Other equipment include, rescue surf boards, Peterson tubes, and high-powered dive lights. We attend annual training with our neighboring departments and also have annual timed swim tests. We continue to train and stay current on our skill set so we are prepared for any and all situations.