Sound Beach Technical Rescue

Since the 1980’s, Sound Beach has been specializing in technical rescue and is the designated technical rescue station for the Town of Greenwich, Connecticut. The Department’s volunteers have made an added commitment to become proficient in the highly technical field of rescue operations. SBVFD’s members put in countless hours of additional training, above that of a firefighter, to remain sharp on the latest advancements in the rescue field and work hard to keep the equipment operational. In addition to responding to emergency incidents within the Town, the team has also been called to render assistance to adjoining municipalities and was deployed for staging to the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Since 2001, SBVFD has renewed its commitment to being prepared to respond to possible collapsed structures and continues to train in the event of a future disaster. Many SBVFD members have also joined the State’s elite Urban Search and Rescue Team, CT-TF1.

The commitment our members make to join the technical rescue program is substantial. On average, it takes approximately 40-60 hours of classroom and hands-on training to become certified specialists in each discipline, or over 280 hours total. This is just one example of SBVFD’s dedication to the community. If you are interested in learning more about joining the Department, please visit our Recruitment section.

Funding for training and to keep the technical rescue program in operation is supported primarily through the generous donations of the community. It is through this financial support that we can continue to offer these value-added services. To learn more about contributing to the technical rescue program, please visit the Support SBVFD section of the website.

Learn more about the exciting field of technical rescue by clicking on any of the sections below.

Vehicle & Machinery Rescue

Unfortunately, vehicle collisions are a common occurrence but thankfully they are often minor in nature. When more severe collisions occur, it is sometimes necessary to extricate people trapped within the vehicle so that they can receive the appropriate medical care. SBVFD members train on a regular basis on vehicle and machinery rescue techniques.

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Confined Space Rescue

Confined space rescue involves the rescue and recovery of victims trapped in a confined space or in a place only accessible through confined spaces, such as underground vaults, storage silos, storage tanks, or sewers. Rescues involving a confined space require advanced rope rescue knowledge and additional training in atmospheric monitoring, patient handling and the use of supplied air breathing systems (SABA).

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Swiftwater & Flood Rescue

Swiftwater and flood rescue response requires specialized training and equipment. SBVFD is in the process of developing one of the first swiftwater / flood rescue response teams in the area that can safely and effectively respond to emergencies as the result of flash flooding or other natural disasters.

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Collapse Rescue

Collapse rescue involves the location, extrication, and initial medical stabilization of victims trapped in or under a collapsed structure. Collapses can occur as the result of a fire, mother nature, accidents or terrorist activity. Before a patient can be removed from a collapse, personnel must first properly “shore” the area to prevent a further collapse.

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Rope Rescue

Rope rescue involves the use of static nylon kernmantle ropes, anchoring and belaying devices, friction rappel devices, various devices to utilize mechanical advantage for hauling systems, and other specialized equipment to reach victims and safely recover them. Sound Beach maintains a large cache of rope rescue equipment and trains at various locations across Town.

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Trench Rescue

Rescues involving a collapsed trench are extremely dangerous, technical and time-consuming. Trench rescue involves shoring up the sides of a trench and digging a trapped worker out of a collapsed ditch. SBVFD members train on how to safely and effectively perform rescues involving a collapsed trench. Sound Beach maintains a full cache of lumber and specialized equipment to respond to trench rescue emergencies.

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SCUBA Rescue/Recovery

The Sound Beach Dive Team is a group of highly trained public safety divers and surface support personnel that train year-round in underwater rescue and recovery operations. The team is equipped with commercial grade diving equipment, including full face masks and underwater communications systems. The team is experienced in diving in black-out type conditions and under the ice during the colder months.

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