Craig County Technical Rescue Task Force
Did you know?
- The Craig County Technical Rescue Task Force is a division of Craig County Emergency Management.
- We are 100% volunteer with volunteers from Vinita Fire, Welch Fire, Carselowey Fire, Ketchum Fire, Centralia Fire, and Bowlin Springs Fire.
- It is 100% funded by donations and grants.
- No tax payer money is allocated to the Task Force.
- In 2019 we rescued 27 adults and 11 children from flood waters.
- In 2020 we rescued 8 adults and 6 children from flood waters.
The Craig County Technical Rescue Task Force was originally named the Craig County Swiftwater Rescue Task Force. However, in 2019 the name was updated because the rescue services offered by the Task Force are expanding. Originally it was created to perform water rescues only. We are currently expanding into high angle rope rescue and in the future we hope to add structure collapse search and rescue. Being in tornado alley we believe this would be a great service to be able to provide. Our only limitation is funding. Expanding into these new areas and running operations requires money.
As mentioned above our team is 100% volunteer based. We do not receive any funding from city, county, or state governments. We operate solely upon donations, grants, and money out of our own pockets. So we are always in need of donations.
Current big purchase items we are raising funds for:
- Aluminum Rescue Boat and trailer.
- Enclosed trailer.
- Dry suits (for cold water and when we have to swim in contaminated (ie sewer) waters.
- Pickup or Tahoe. (currently our volunteers have to pull the trailers with their own personal vehicles or we borrow a truck from Vinita or Welch Fire).