On May 7 and 8 the Barnstable County Technical Rescue Team along with the Barnstable County Incident Management Team participated in a regional technical rescue training exercise at Joint base Cape Cod. The 24 hour mobilization session, 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, Essex, and Norfolk county technical rescue teams in several specialized rescue components including high angle rope rescue, confined space rescue, and trench rescue, and structural collapse rescue.
The drill was planned to evaluate a State wide homeland security strategy currently in motion that is designed to build regional technical rescue resources capable of a rapid response to both local and regional technical rescue incidents. It also fully assessed current and future training needs, team interoperability, equipment needs, and the operational effectiveness of the five regional teams.
During the 24 hour operational period approximately 200 fire and military based technical rescue specialists were evaluated in a number of challenging “real life”, hands-on technical rescue scenarios that required the implementation of a variety of specialized skills.
The Barnstable County Fire Departments currently providing staff and resources to the County Technical Rescue Team include; Brewster, Chatham, Orleans, Harwich, Eastham, Sandwich, Barnstable, Mashpee, and MMR.