We can also deploy a Fuel Tender which carries several hundred gallons diesel and gas for on site refueling of apparatus. Recently, some of our members have been assigned as Strike Team/Task Force Leaders, which is a single resource type deployment.
The Rio Rancho Fire/Rescue Wildland Strike Team has played a role in many fires in the state of New Mexico, and our role is increasing to eventually become a region resource for suppression and EMS on Wildland and Interface fires.
Heavy Technical Rescue Team
Rio Rancho Fire Rescue recently began to train members of the Heavy Technical Rescue Team (HTR). Eighteen members of the department are led by team manager, Battalion Chief Dave Patterson and assistant team manager Battalion Chief Paul Bearce.
To be part of this elite group, firefighters must gain expertise in several areas of technical rescue, including; Structural Collapse Rescue, Technical Rope Rescue, Trench Rescue, Swift Water Rescue, Confined Space Rescue, Heavy Machinery Extrication, and Hazardous Materials Response.
Many of the department’s HTR are also members of the state FEMA/Urban Search and Rescue Task Force.