SFD’s Technical Rescue Team performs life-saving operations in swiftwater conditions throughout Sedona and the Verde Valley.

In the Sedona area, incidents involving swiftwater conditions can happen without warning. Flood-control channels, creeks, and arroyos can quickly fill with fast moving water, creating a life-threatening danger to our community. Sedona has a long history of hazardous swiftwater conditions.

To address these concerns, SFD firefighters are certified with internationally recognized Rescue 3 criteria to operate in a range of dangerous environments; this certification includes training in basic swiftwater rescues. In addition, SFD has a Technical Rescue Team, which consists of 18 firefighters who specialize in advanced rescue techniques. Available every day, the TRT team members are strategically placed throughout the District to respond to any technical rescue scenario.

Swiftwater Training

SFD is a leader for swiftwater training. Our instructors work with other Verde Valley emergency agencies to teach Rescue 3 curricula — a dynamic, high-intensity course in advanced, state-of-the art techniques. We also host trainings that keep rescuers in the Verde Valley current on terminology, tools, and techniques to help ensure that multi-agency efforts are well coordinated and efficient.