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Brookhaven Technical Rescue Task Force
PO Box 147
Setauket, NY 11733

Our History

In early 1995 dedicated members of the Stony Brook, Setauket, Centereach, Mt. Sinai, Port Jefferson and Wading River Fire Departments took a rigorous 40 plus hour high angle rope and confined space rescue course at the Nassau County Fire Academy. After completing the training, this highly motivated and truly dedicated 100% volunteer group of firefighters became what was known as the Northern Brookhaven Confined Space Rescue Team. Each agency agreed to a written joint mutual aid agreement and began building an equipment cache.

As the team evolved and the equipment cache grew larger so did the National Fire Protection Association standards. The team adopted the new NFPA 1670 and 1006 standards governing Technical Rescue the training and professional qualifications.

In February 2000, the Confined Space Rescue Team became what is known today as the Brookhaven Technical Rescue Task Force. The group agreed to meeting and following both NFPA 1670 and 1006. Confined Space Rescue is one of seven disciplines of Technical Rescue.

The Brookhaven Technical Rescue Task Force and dedicated members are required to meet Awareness level of all seven disciplines. Each agency must have a minimum of six members trained to Operations Level of a minimum of two disciplines.

Today the Task Force is trained and equipped to handle not only Confined Space Rescues, but also High Angle Rope Rescue, Trench Collapse Rescue and Emergency Shoring, Vehicle and Machinery Extrication, Water and Ice Rescue, Building Collapse Rescue, Emergency Shoring and Wilderness Search.

Brookhaven Technical Rescue Task Force members are 100% volunteer. They are not paid nor reimbursed for their time spent training, becoming certified or operating at any incidents.

The Task Force agencies train multiple times monthly and as a Task Force at least 10 times annually.