Technical Rescue Training
Technical Rescue Training

Technical Rescue TrainingHow Can We Help You?

ARK Technical Rescue Training Services, Inc. has been delivering real-world rescue training from real-world rescue experience since 1990. With 30 years of public safety training and disaster response, we are uniquely qualified to teach, consult and evaluate all levels of technical rescue training needs and team development.

ARK educators have extensive work and leadership experience in the development and delivery of rescue training programs for:

  • Fire Service Technical Rescue Operations Teams
  • Industrial Response Teams
  • Military Rescue Response Teams
  • Public Safety Agencies
  • FEMA US&R Rescue Response System Teams
  • USAID/OFDA US&R Disaster Response Teams
  • (NFPA) National Fire Protection Association
  • (NFA) National Fire Academy

Our staff is actively engaged in the NFPA 1006 and 1670 Standards development process and has been since those standards were initially established, as well as specializing in all disciplines of technical rescue training, including:

  • Awareness to Advanced Level Rescue Training
    • Rope Rescue
    • Confined Space (Entry and Rescue)
    • Trench Rescue
    • Engulfment Rescue
    • Vehicle Extrication
    • Structural Collapse Rescue
    • Officer Development
    • Incident Command Training
  • Rescue Team Development and Continuing Education
  • Field Exercise Development and Management /HSEEP Methodology
  • NFPA Technical Level 1 & Technical Level II /Standards
  • OSHA 1910.146 Confined Space / Standard
  • OSHA 1926.650-652 Trench and Excavation / Standard
  • FEMA Structural Collapse Technician / Standards
  • NFPA 1006 Technician Level I and II Rescue Skills / Standards

Captain II
Station Commander

Captain Joe Kaleda is a 34-year veteran of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department (VA). Having spent the vast majority of his Fire Service career assigned to a heavy rescue company, Capt. Kaleda has served as Lead Trainer and Lead Instructor for the Department’s Technical Rescue Operations Team across all rescue disciplines.

He is an experienced educator in technical rescue operations with a significant national and international disaster response resume.

As a founding member of the department’s FEMA and USAID/OFDA US&R Teams, Capt. Kaleda has served in a broad number of roles within US&R response, including that of Task Force Leader, Operations Chief, Rescue Squad Officer and Communications Liaison.

As a participating Classifier with the United Nations INSARAG (International Search and Rescue Advisory Group) , Capt. Kaleda has been active in Internal and External Certification and Classification exercises for both U.S. and International US&R teams.

Battalion Chief
Field Operations

Battalion Chief Robert Rhea is a 29-year veteran of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department (VA) where he served as a Battalion Commander assigned to the Operations Division. Prior to his Commander status, Chief Rhea served three years in the Training Division as the Director of Fire and Rescue Training Programs.

As a Senior Technical Officer in charge of the Department’s Technical Rescue Operations Team, he was instrumental in designing, implementing, and evaluating Confined-Space, Structural Collapse, and Trench Safety rescue training programs.

As a founding member of Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department’s US&R team, Chief Rhea was deployed under USAID/OFDA on the first U.S. US&R team deployment to Armenia, Russia in 1988. Following that groundbreaking deployment, he served in multiple roles on the team over a16 year tenure, including Task Force Leader and ultimately, the US&R Program Manager.

In addition, Chief Rhea is a principal committee member on the NFPA committees- (1670), Technical Rescue Operation’s and (1006), Professional Qualifications for Rescue Technicians. As well, he serves as both an Adjunct Instructor and a Content Expert for the National Fire Academy.

Robert holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and has Master’s Degree studies at the University of Maryland with a focus in Training and Human Resource.


  • Armenia, Russia – Earthquake
  • Topsail Isle, NC – Hurricane
  • Oklahoma City, OK – Terrorist Bombing
  • Nairobi, Kenya – U.S. Embassy Terrorist Bombing
  • Izmit, Turkey – Earthquake
  • Touliu, Taiwan – Earthquake
  • Duzce, Turkey – Earthquake
  • 911-The Pentagon – Terrorist Attack
  • Port au Prince, Haiti – Earthquake
  • Ofunato/Kamaishi City, Japan – Tsunami
  • Little Ferry, NJ/Staten Island, NY – Tropical Storm Sandy