The Johnstown Fire Department entered the arena of technical rescue with the formation of a technical rescue team in 1995. The Technical Rescue team has been recognized as one of the leading specialized rescue teams in the State of Pennsylvania. Every member of the Johnstown Fire Department has been trained in some special rescue discipline.
From trench rescue to high angle rope rescues to building collapses there are very few things that the Johnstown Fire Department's Technical Rescue team cannot do. The rescue team has an arsenal of state of the art equipment that can perform the varied rescue functions under almost any conditions.
The department's rescue vehicle can respond with a fully trained crew of rescue technicians anywhere in the region. Whether it is a building collapse, trench rescue or a high angle rope rescue the Johnstown Fire Department can respond and render aid to the victim or victims.
Several members of the Johnstown Technical Rescue team have been selected to be members of the Pennsylvania Urban Search and Rescue Team. In 2001 members of the team responded to New York City for the World Trade Center attack. These members have also responded across the nation to the various natural disasters that have struck the United States.
In the Spring of 2013 all fire department crews obtained certification as Structural Collapse Technicians.