Imagine you are in a boat trapped in the strong current (or boil) at the base of a dam or you are trapped in a building after a tornado. The North Metro Specialized Rescue Team (NMSRT) is ready to handle these types of emergencies when they happen in Anoka County.
The NMSRT receives extensive training and equipment to perform rescues involving confined spaces, swift water currents, structural collapses and trench rescues. This specialized rescue service is valuable to businesses and residents when they are in need of a complex rescue. There have been 12 specialty calls requiring complex rescue operations since the team was formed in 2004.
The team consists of 30 members from several Anoka County Fire Departments. Six members are also part of Minnesota Task Force 1, a state level Urban Search and Rescue Team. The Coon Rapids Fire Department originally started a Technical Rescue Team in 2000, with the help of a grant from the Anoka County Fire Protection Council. In 2004, the team expanded to include firefighters from departments across Anoka County when it then became the North Metro Specialized Rescue Team. Coon Rapids continues to be the lead agency for the NMSRT and stores the team’s specialized equipment on one of the department’s fire trucks, along with two enclosed trailers containing additional equipment. The equipment and training for the rescue team is critical to the safety of the rescuers, industrial workers and citizens.