The York County ATR Team was formed in the 1990's as an approach to technical rescues in York County, Pennsylvania. The team is comprised of four companies: Hanover Fire Department (46), Dover Township Fire Company (9), Yoe Fire Company (36) , and Shrewsbury Volunteer Fire Company (61).
The York County ATR Team trains yearly in the following disciplines:
Confined Space Rescue
Rope and High Angle Rescue
Water Rescue (Swift and Flood)
Surface Ice Rescue (Single and Multiple Patients)
When the team is dispatched, trained personnel and apparatus from each of the departments proceed to the emergency. The first arriving ATR unit will report to the Incident Commander and begin our interface with the personnel on location. We work hand-in-hand with on scene personnel to complete the technical rescue. The ATR team has a duty officer assigned, rotating each month between the member stations. The Duty Officer coordinates personnel and equipment resoureces en-route to an incident and is the direct link between the team and the Command Staff. This officer functions as part of the Incident Management Team and provides technical expertise to the Inicident Commander throughout the rescue incident.
The team is an all volunteer organization receiving funding for operations, training and equipment largely from each of the four member stations. Our annual fundraiser, Mason-Dixon Trench Weekend, helps with our expenses and supplements equipment purchases for the team. The York County ATR Team is a local county resource within the USAR structure responding to incidents with other local USAR elements in a multi-county response area in the Pennsylvania South Central Region.