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Special Operations Unit

Special Operations Unit

The Special Operations Unit is comprised of the Westchester County Hazardous Materials Response Team (HMRT) and the Technical Rescue Team (TRT).   

Hazardous Materials Response Team (HMRT)
Founded in 1986, the county HMRT is the first hazardous materials response team in the lower Hudson Valley. Headed by the Chief of Special Operations, Peter Pitocco, the team will respond to any hazardous materials spill in Westchester.  

The team consists of 35 fire-fighter's, EMS and industry personnel. All have been extensively trained and equipped to respond to the threat and/or deployment of nuclear, chemical or biological weapons of mass destruction.  

The HMRT, in cooperation with local fire, police and EMS agencies, develops community practice drills to improve readiness and response to hazardous material emergencies.

Technical Rescue Team (TRT) 
Founded in 2006, the county Technical Rescue Team (TRT) was created to assist emergency response agencies in rescue emergencies in Westchester County. The team includes more than fifty fire-fighter's and EMS and industry personnel who train twice a month as a unit.

The TRT provides equipment, apparatus, highly trained personnel and logistical support during technical challenges to local agencies in the following areas:

  • Rope rescue, high and low angle
  • Confined space rescue
  • Structrual collapse
  • Trench rescue
  • Swift/flood rescue
  • Wildnerness search & rescue

How to Join
If you are interested in joining the Hazardous Materials Response Team or Technical Rescue Team send your completed application to: 

Westchester County Special Operations Teams
4 Dana Road
Valhalla, NY 10595 

If you have questions regarding either team or membership, contact Peter Pitocco, Chief of Special Operations, by e-mail at pap8@westchestergov.com.