The Round Rock Fire Department's Technical Rescue Team is specially trained in those aspects of saving life or property that employ the use of tools and skills that exceed those normally reserved for fire fighting, medical emergency, and rescue.
The Round Rock Fire Department Technical Rescue Team is comprised of 18 members and one Team Leader. There are six members per shift, with four located at Round Rock Fire Station 2, and two alternates per shift located in other stations throughout the city.
Each member of the Technical Rescue Team is expected to attend training each month that will enable the team to be ready for any incident. To accomplish this, the team attends one drill each month per shift for a total of 36 drills per year with the Williamson County Technical Rescue team. In addition, the team attnds one 40-hour long class per year. In 2009, the Team accumulated approximately 2,016 traning hours in structured, scheduled training. Outside of planned training, each shift also does their own routine training per shift to stay familiar with equipment and operations.
In 2009, members of the Technical Rescue Team came up with an innovative idea to house and carry all of their tools and equipment on one apparatus. With the removal of the Engine's major fire suppression components, and the conversion of the engine to a Heavy Rescue Apparatus, it provided the Team with an apparatus that is well suited for rescue operations. The cost of the conversion of an engine to a Heavy Rescue Apparatus was $15,000. The cost for a new Heavy Rescue Apparatus is approximately $250,000. This is a great savings to the City of Round Rock and will help ensure that the Team is in a constant state of readiness and will be able to respond to calls in a timely manner.