About the Program

The Special Operations Division at the Virginia Department of Fire Programs will soon implement changes to the Heavy Technical Rescue curriculum.
Special Operations Division Chief Chad Riddleberger discusses the changes in this video regarding the updated course progression within the Heavy Technical Rescue curriculum.
Introduction to Technical Rescue Awareness is a required online offering in Cornerstone OnDemand that is the gateway to the HTR programs. All fire service personnel new to the HTR curriculum must complete the Introduction to Technical Rescue Awareness and all personnel that are currently in programming are highly encouraged to take the class.
For questions regarding the updated course progression chart and individual course offerings, contact Chad Riddleberger at Chadwick.Riddleberger@vdfp.virginia.gov.

Divisional Technical Rescue Teams Technical Rescue Teams have been designated in seven (7) divisions through out the Commonwealth. They provide specialized emergency response services such as: Trench Rescue, Confined Space Rescue, Vehicle Rescue, Water Rescue, Rope Rescue, Farm Machinery Rescue, Structural Collapse Rescue, and Wilderness Search Rescue. These teams are activated through the State EOC: 800-468-8892

Division Contact Department Phone Email
Division 1 Amy Burnette Chesterfield Fire & Emergency Medical Services 804-748-1431 burnettea@chesterfield.gov
Division 2 Stephen Morris Harrisonburg Fire Department 540-432-7703 steve.morris@harrisonburgva.gov
Division 3 Sean Regan Lynchburg Fire & EMS Department 434-546-1648 sean.regan@lynchburgva.gov
Division 4 Tyler Wright Bristol Fire Department 423-268-6124 tyler.wright@bristolva.org
Division 5 John Ruble Virginia Beach Fire Department 757-348-9217 jruble@vbgov.com 
Division 6 David Hoback Roanoke Fire-EMS 540-529-6802
Division 7 Matt Burns Fairfax County Fire & Rescue 703-246-4681