• Joy Slaughter

15.1 Specialized EMS teams

The final chapter shows the high-angle team at work. Specialized rescue teams are common throughout the US, though organization style varies widely.


Some types include:

Extrication (<--most common)

Search and Rescue

Dive

High-Angle

Cave

Wilderness

Beach/Marine

Hazardous Materials

Infection

Vehicle

Confined Space

Technical

Swift Water

Urban

Silo/Grain


Yeah, there are a lot.


Local Emergency Medical Agencies analyze a region’s particular risks and work together on training and funding. These teams are often staffed by individuals from multiple agencies (like we see in “Crossing the Line”) and funded by all of the areas they serve—a situation called mutual aid. This set-up makes specialized teams more accessible for a wider geographical area, but it does mean that response times are often long which can change the goal from rescue to recovery.


There are many volunteer opportunities—some require minimal training. Contact your local EMA or Red Cross if you are interested in helping.