Using highly specialized extrication equipment and techniques,
firefighters can spread, cut, push, pull, lift, roll and flap
heavy metal, freeing people trapped in or under dump trucks,
semis, school buses, tankers, cement trucks, rail cars, bull
dozers and other heavy equipment or farm equipment.
All MCFR firefighters take basic extrication classes when
becoming certified, but firefighters on the Technical Rescue
Team take additional classes.
If radio tower workers, construction workers or window washers
get trapped on platforms, lifts, towers or buildings or if their
equipment fails and they need to be lowered, raised or
transferred from one place to another, MCFR's Technical Rescue
Team is ready to respond.
Technicians must know how to think fast and understand physics
and mathematics. They also learn every facet of their equipment,
including knowing how to tie dozens of knots and finding a good
solid base to use as an anchor.
MCFR's Technical Rescue Technicians take two additional 40-hour
classes as well as a 40-hour refresher class every year to
become certified in rope rescue.
Marion County is 1,652 square miles, which is larger than the
state of Rhode Island. In addition to rolling hills and farms,
Marion County has dozens of established lime rock caves and
sinkholes. Firefighters take an additional 40-hour class to
become certified in cave rescue. They have mapped many caves
ahead of time, marking access points, hazards and anchor points.
Confined Space Rescue
Imagine getting trapped in a manhole, a rain water drainage
pipe, a sewer pump station, a tar vat or an underground power
station. Think it's impossible? Think again. Just ask
firefighters trained in confined space rescue.
Firefighters often make entry into areas that are only two feet
wide and have only one entrance or one exit.
Wilderness Search and Rescue
MCFR's Technical Rescue Team has the manpower and equipment
capabilities to conduct wilderness search and rescues, combing
miles of dense vegetation in cooperation with other agencies.
Technicians take more than 100 hours of additional training to
become certified in this discipline, becoming excellent
navigators, map readers and survivalists.
When a wilderness search and rescue is initiated, technicians
are required to be self-sustaining for a minimum of 72
hours.MCFR's Technical Rescue Technicians deployed to Citrus and
Hillsborough Counties to help law enforcement officials locate
missing children. MCFR crews headed up teams to search for
nine-year-old Jessica Lunsford of Homosassa and 13-year-old
Sarah Lunde of Ruskin, helping families bring closure to these