Fire Departments Unite for Rescue Team
Rackl, Lorilyn, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Lorilyn Rackl Daily Herald Staff Writer
Many area fire departments are joining forces with one another - and the private sector - to form a rescue team with the training and equipment to respond to special emergencies.
Naperville Fire Department is spearheading efforts to develop the Regional Specialized Rescue Team, composed of firefighters from more than 20 departments.
Participating firefighters will undergo advanced technical training to teach them how to handle rescues under particularly hazardous conditions.
When a building collapses or someone needs rescuing from a hole or the top of a water tower, for example, rescue workers need expertise and special equipment to do the job. Rather than have every department duplicate potentially expensive efforts, the regional team will be able to respond when such emergencies arise.
"Not only is it a good idea, but it's absolutely necessary," said Lisle-Woodridge Fire Chief Tom Freeman, who represents one of the fire districts participating in the program. "It's not practical for every organization and agency to have everything you need. This is the most cost-effective way for the taxpayers."
Naperville Fire Chief Alan Rohlfs agreed.
"No individual department can afford to do this by themselves," Rohlfs said. …