With the increase in population, traffic, building construction, earthquakes and flooding, the need for a specialized training in rescue techniques is greater today than it has ever been. In response to these potential hazards, early members of Metro Fire established the Rescue Program. In order to be prepared for any rescue situation Rescue Team members are required to complete the following specialized training courses: Rescue Systems 1, Rescue Systems 2, Con Space Operations, Trench Rescue Operations, Rope Rescue Technician, and Swift Water Rescue. In addition Metro Fire sponsors Team members to attend training classes with NASA, FEMA, Heavy Vehicle Lift Operations and HERS (Heavy Equipment and Rigging Specialist). These classes and continual training provide our community with a highly trained and specialized Rescue Program, ready at a moment’s notice for any type of disaster.