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Butler County Technical Rescue

The Butler County Technical Rescue is combined effort of this agency and supporting local Butler County governments. The team is specifically trained to respond to Technical Rescues and Urban Search and Rescue calls for service. Team members are comprised of trained personnel from qualified first responder agencies, including fire, police and other departments..

Currently, Butler County Technical Rescue has over 65 technicians specially trained in:

  • Confined Space

  • Trench Rescue

  • High & Low Angle Rescue

  • Search & Rescue

  • Structure Collapse

  • Swift Water Rescue

  • Flood Rescue

    What is US&R?

    Urban Search & Rescue (US&R) is a multi-hazard discipline that involves the location, extrication, and initial medical stabilization of victims trapped or missing because of a man-made or natural disaster. While a tornado, hurricane, or other significant weather event is often the cause, victims can also be trapped by events such as winter storms, mine or bridge collapses, wide area flooding, or other significant event. These events can occur in rural areas, suburban areas, or in densely populated urban areas. They may be slow in developing, as in the case of winter storms or wide area river flooding, or they may be sudden, as in the case of an earthquake, explosion, or tornado.

    Since these types of catastrophic events can quickly overwhelm first responders, it is critical that there is a comprehensive national response system in place that can quickly provide resources for search and rescue operations that are beyond the capabilities of local responders. These events require a highly coordinated response by personnel specially trained and equipped to deal with the unique challenges presented by collapsed or unstable structures, floods, or other complex rescue situations.


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