Central Fire District’s Technical Rescue Team (TRT) responds to emergencies such as rope rescue, confined space, trench rescue, and structural collapse. The TRT consists of 15 members highly trained in these specialty areas. Each discipline requires advanced training to develop unique skill sets. Members of the TRT participate in quarterly training totaling a minimum of 24 hours per year.
The initial response vehicle is equipped to handle a variety of incidents, including low and high angle rescues and vehicle stability and extrication. Central Fire District also maintains a rescue equipment trailer for additional supplies and equipment with an emphasis on breaching, breaking and shoring of unreinforced masonry, concrete tilt-up, and heavy timber construction.
In addition to our initial response vehicle, every engine and truck in the District carries auto extrication and rope rescue equipment. These vehicles are stocked with tools used to augment rescue operations including ropes, cribbing, air bags, and cutting and prying tools.
The District encounters a large variety of incidents. Several miles of coastal cliffs and mountainous terrain provide complicated rescue challenges.
Serving the Communities
of Aptos, Capitola, La Selva Beach, Live Oak, Rio Del Mar, and Soquel