On Sunday June 2, twenty-five members of the Barnstable County Technical Rescue Team along with the Barnstable County Incident Management Team participated in a regional technical rescue drill in Bridgewater. The drill, which was funded by Homeland Security monies provided through the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and the Southeast Regional Planning & Economic Development District tested the operational capabilities of the Barnstable, Bristol, Plymouth, and Norfolk county technical rescue teams in several specialized rescue components including high angle rope rescue, confined space rescue, and trench rescue.
The drill was planned to evaluate a State wide homeland security strategy currently in motion that is designed to build county technical rescue resources capable of a rapid response to both local and regional technical rescue incidents. It also fully assessed current and future training, team interoperability, future equipment needs, and current operational effectiveness of the four county teams involved in the pilot program.
During the 12 hour operational period approximately 100 firefighters from the four teams were evaluated in a number of challenging “real life”, hands-on technical rescue scenarios that required the implementation of a variety of specialized skills specific to incidents of this type. In addition, the Barnstable County Incident Management Team provided valuable assistance in the planning, accountability, financing, and management sections of the event.
The Barnstable County Fire Departments currently providing staff and resources to the County Technical Rescue Team include; Brewster, Orleans, Harwich, Eastham, Sandwich, Barnstable, Mashpee, and MMR. Members from the Brewster Fire Department include Chief Moran, Deputy Chief Harrison, Captain/Paramedic Anthony Dalmau, FF/EMT Kirk Riker, and FF/EMT Dan Kimball.