Squad 44, which is housed at the Western Avenue Station is the Department’s Technical Rescue Vehicle (normally called a heavy rescue).  Among other items this vehicle carries all of the department’s rope rescue equipment that it would use in the event of a rope rescue such as a high angle rescue or confined space rescue.  All Full Time members have been trained in confined space rescue and must annually be recertified.

The department maintains a rope rescue committee which oversees all rope equipment (maintenance, repair and replacement) and makes recommendations to the Training Deputy on training topics.