Rescue Company

Robinson Township VFC #1 (Station 244) is a certified rescue company from the State Fire Commissioner and the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services in the Volunteer Fire Rescue Service Recognition Program (VRSR).

The purpose of this program is to recognize those emergency services that can safely and efficiently perform rescue operations and that have met all the standards as established by the two agencies. At present, there are two disciplines offered through the program, Vehicle and Machinery and Swift water/Flood Management. Station 244 is certified in both disciplines.

Meeting these qualifications has 2 parts, trained and certified personnel and a list of required equipment. Personnel qualifications include Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT-B), Basic Vehicle Rescue Technician (BVR- PADOH), Water Rescue Technician (PA Fish and Boat), Driver /Operator, NIMS, and HAZMAT. Obtaining VRSR is a process of documentation and inspections.

VRSR Basic Vehicle/Machinery includes Vehicle Rescue, Hazardous Materials Operations, Rope Rescue, Water Rescue, and BLS. The primary apparatus for VRSR is 244 Rescue Engine.

Swift Water Rescue is certified VRSR Type 2A includes shore based rescue, rope rescue, boat operations, surface water rescue, ice rescue, and Basic Life Support – EMS . The primary apparatus for VRSR is 244 Special Service.  Station 244 also has several boats and other watercraft. 

The RT-SWRT often trains and works with PA HART- Pennsylvania Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team and the Pennsylvania Army Nation Guard and part of Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency 

TECHNICAL RESCUE / Special Operations 

High Angle Rope Rescue – High angle rescue operations involve terrains with slopes of 60 degrees or greater. In these scenarios, the rescue personnel require a more comprehensive set of skills, as they rely entirely on ropes and other specialized hauling and hoisting equipment to access and rescue the people who are stranded.

Station 244 has members who a high angle rope rescue certified at the operations and technician level.  This included ascending  (climbing) and descending (rappelling) rope, haul and lowering systems, litter baskets, and various rope rescue systems. 

 

Confined Space Rescue is a subset of technical rescue operations that involves the rescue and recovery of victims trapped in a confined space or in a place only accessible through confined spaces, such as underground vaults, storage silos, storage tanks, or sewers.

Confined spaces are often narrow and constricting, preventing easy access by rescuers, making confined space rescues technically challenging;. The spaces are usually unlit or poorly lit, requiring a light source to be provided. Confined spaces may contain hazardous materials in liquid or gas form, and oxygen may be limited.

Station 244 has several members trained to Confined Space Rescue Operations and Technician Levels. Our Confined space equipment includes a Supplied Air Respirators (SAR) that is supplemented by our air cascade system on our 244 Special Services (truck). 

 

ATV Search and Rescue – Station 244 is prepared for search and rescue in urban, wilderness, and rough terrain.  We are outfitter with UTVs, quads, and trailers.   Members are trained in search and mapping technics. 

This also included search capabilities with Drones.   Station 244 has members who are FAA Professionally Licensed Remote Pilot (Drone).  Our drone is equipped with night vision and infrared cameras.