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Technical Rescue

Members of the Scottsdale Fire Department Technical Rescue Team are trained to respond to emergencies in water, mountains and trails, and trench/structual collapses.

Water Rescue

TRT Water RescueYou can greatly reduce your risk of getting stuck in dangerous flood waters by following these safety tips:

  • When traveling in a vehicle during heavy rains, slow your speed accordingly; rain reduces traction and causes tires to hydroplane
  • Water on roads may be deeper than it looks; watch for vehicles traveling too fast--they can throw up blinding sheets of water
  • Don’t cross rain-swollen washes; you can be caught in a flash flood that can sweep your vehicle and its contents away
  • Always pay attention to hazard signs and roadblocks; ignoring them threatens life and property, and can result in enforcement action by police
  • Control of a vehicle is lost in just six inches of water; most vehicles will begin to float in two feet of water
    • If you have a phone, call 911
    • If you can, climb onto the roof and wait to be rescued
    • If the water is still low, and you can wade to safety, do so, but beware of floating debris

When at home or work, take these steps to prepare for an imminent flood:

  • Check nearby storm drains to ensure they're clear of debris • Move furniture, valuables to higher ground
  • Secure, or bring in, outdoor furniture • Unplug appliances and do not touch wet electrical equipment
  • Fill jugs with clean water, in case water supplies become contaminated
  • Place sandbags in, and around, all outside doors and thresholds

In the event of a flood:

  • If told to evacuate, do so quickly
  • Avoid downed power lines
  • Do not drink tap water
  • Leave low-lying areas immediately
  • Stay away from storm drains and irrigation ditches

Mountain Rescue

TRT RescueWhile you may be near your house, hotel, or even favorite restaurant, it’s important to remember that hiking rough terrain unprepared, even in the city, can be very dangerous.

Planning and preparation is key! The following are some tips to help keep you safe and reduce your chance of injury on the trails:

Make a Hiking Plan

  • Make sure someone knows your itinerary including when and where you’ll be hiking, as well as when you will be done; whenever possible, don’t hike alone
  • Know your limitations--don’t attempt a hike that may be too difficult for your abilities
  • Check the weather conditions and plan accordingly
  • Pace yourself and take regular breaks

Have the Essentials

  • Wear proper footwear; preferably hiking boots with good traction and support
  • Take at least one quart of water for short hikes and more for longer hikes.
  • Wear light-colored, loose clothing
  • Wear a hat, sunglasses, and use sunscreen
  • Carry a cell phone

Stay on the Trail

  • You are more likely to be injured or have to be rescued if you stray from the trails
  • Watch where you step--keep an eye on the trail, several feet in front of where you are walking, and always consider the path before bounding forward
  • Be aware of wildlife, especially poisonous ones--if you see or hear one, avoid the area!
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