Technical Rescue

Since the beginning the Rescue Squad has specialized in a number of rescue types. This tradition continues today with Technical Rescue.

Technical Rescue refers to those aspects of saving life or property that employ the use of tools and skills that exceed those normally reserved for fire fighting, medical emergency, and rescue. These disciplines include rope rescue, swiftwater rescue, confined space rescue, trench/excavation rescue, and building collapse rescue, among others.

Rope Rescue
The rugged mountains of Western North Carolina pose a unique set of problems for rescues. The Rescue Squad maintains a well equipped and trained high angle rescue team for response to wilderness and urban settings.


Swiftwater Rescue
Since our beginnings the Rescue Squad has provided a variety of water rescue services. With a wide variety of boats and rescue equipment the Squad is equipped to handle most any surface water or ice rescue emergency. Members undergo several levels of training for preparing for water emergencies. Many members are trained to the technician level and awareness level training is part of the initial training required for new members.

Dive Recovery & Rescue
The drag hooks and racks of yesterday have been supplemented with divers, cameras and sonar. But the task remains the same. Since 1957 the Rescue Squad has been proud of our capabilities in underwater search and recovery. Interested members undergo SCUBA & Underwater Search and Recovery training from our in house PADI instructors.



Confined Space Rescue
The Rescue Squad conducts regular training for confined space rescue and maintains equipment for rescues and recoveries from confined spaces such as manholes, industrial facilities and agricultural facilities. All training and operations are in accordance with OSHA standards.

Trench Rescue

Cave-ins and collapses generally occur because of unstable soil conditions combined with improper or inadequate shoring. The potential for additional collapse must always be considered as a primary hazard. Personnel must be aware that any action may disrupt the temporary stability and cause an additional collapse. The temporary stability during an operation may be disturbed by removing soil or debris, by adding weight near the edge of an open cut, by vibration (such as vehicle movement), by rain, or the passage of time.



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Collapse Rescue

Following a catastrophic failure of a structure for whatever reason, rescue workers and emergency responders may be required to enter the collapsed structure. Emergency responders include firefighters, police, emergency medical technicians, construction workers and government representatives. Emergency responders may be responsible for assisting survivors, extinguishing fires, shutting off utilities, assessing structural instabilities, shoring up safe paths into the structure and assessing other hazards, such as airborne contaminants. Rescue workers such as Urban Search and Rescue Teams focus on finding survivors, and later removing victims from collapsed structures. In addition, many terrorist investigators will be on site treating the collapsed structure as a crime scene.

Agricultural Rescue

As we know Henderson County is apple country. It is also has thousands of acres of farms. All this agriculture has its' own set of rescue techniques which the Henderson County Rescue Squad is now state certified for.

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