Technical Rescue

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The Orland Fire Protect District’s Technical Rescue Team (TRT) specializes in confined space, trench, high angle, and structural collapse rescue. The Fire District’s team has been identified as the confined space rescue team for the Village of Orland Park while their Public Works department perform maintenance on their equipment. The team and its members have responded to numerous technical rescue incident since its inception in 1993. Some of the more notable incidents the team has responded to are the Spirit of New Orleans train crash, Microburst in Frankfort IL, and the tornado in Utica IL.

The twelve members of the team train approximately 700 hours annually. This is in addition to their annual firefighting and EMS training. Each member of the team is tested cognitively and practically each year and participates in a deployment exercise every three to four years. During this exercise the team deploys to Champaign IL and works in concert with other rescue teams from around the state. This exercise is a natural disaster scenario. During the exercise rescue operations are conducted around the clock for forty eight hours. Since this is a simulated natural disaster the conditions are austere. Each team must be self sufficient and live in tents and eat military rations.

The Orland Fire Protection District is a member of the Combined Agency Response Team (CART). CART responds to rescue incidents with a cache of member owned and CART supplemented equipment to support the efforts of the local technical rescuers. CART serves 8 northeastern counties in Illinois, including Cook, Will, Grundy, Kendall, Kankakee, Dupage, Kane, and Dekalb totaling a response area of over 1000 square miles.

The Fire District also has seven members who are part of Illinois’ urban search and rescue team. These members have received in depth training through FEMA in emergency medicine, technical search, crane operations, and asset management. The function of Illinois Task Force One (ILTF-1) is to respond to a natural disaster anywhere in the state and be completely self sufficient. ILTF-1 when deployed, operates twenty four hours per day and will be in the field for approximately ten days before rotating fresh rescuers to the scene.