The VBFD Technical Rescue Team (TRT) provides emergency response and mitigation to incidents concerning collapsed structures, confined spaces, rope and high angle rescues, trench collapse, and vehicle machinery entrapments. The VBFD participates in a mutual aid agreement with neighboring departments, called the Tidewater Regional Technical Rescue Team (TRTRT). This agreement allows the area departments to call for and provide technical rescue assets if needed to augment the resources available in the city. The VBFD is also the sponsoring agency of the FEMA US&R Team VA-TF 2, one of the 28 federal urban search and rescue teams. The team is based in the center of Virginia Beach, allowing the cache to be available if needed for a response in the city or area.
The department has two heavy rescue companies, a collapse/shoring vehicle, and eight ladder trucks. Both heavy rescues have specialized equipment designed for technical rescue incidents. Fire Rescue 2, the primary technical rescue squad has additional equipment, but not limited to: high angle rope rescue equipment, extrication tools, concrete and wood cutting tools, torches and other cutting implements, retrieval systems and confined space equipment (SABA and communications). TECH 1, which is primarily used for confined space, collapse rescue, and shoring/trench rescue carries specialized equipment to augment the responding heavy rescue and ladder companies. The ladder companies are equipped for vehicle extrications and support heavy rescue operations.
The VBFD Technical Rescue Team is equipped and trained for high angle rescue, confined space rescue, trench rescue, structural collapses, industrial rescue, and vehicle rescue to the NFPA 1670 Technician Level. Members assigned to the Departments 8 Ladder Companies and Rescue 1 members are trained to vehicle technician, confined space and trench operations and have tools to provide support to the rescue companies.