Boyertown Area Fire & Rescue serves as Berks County’s Technical Rescue team and is a member of the Southeast Terrorism Task Force specializing in rescues involving Structural Collapse, Trench Collapse, High Angle rescue and Confined Space rescue. We are supported by Berks County through the Team and we carry a large cache of specialty equipment to serve all of Berks County. We currently have a 2011 International Box Truck that was donated for this team by Penske Truck with the help of Berks County Commissioner Christian Leinbach, and we outfitted the truck to carry the equipment to scenes wherever needed. We are currently in the process of putting together a second truck which will be the primary mover of the equipment with the Box truck running as a support vehicle carrying supplies and additional equipment.(more to come in a future Post)
With this equipment and resources it requires many hours of training to be proficient in these technical rescue operations. We recently spent two Saturdays training on use of special equipment like sonar and search cameras as well as refresher on using the Paratech struts and equipment we have and building supports need in Structural collapse situations. We get called throughout the County several times a year but the training is absolutely necessary to keep up with construction changes and to always be ready.