Special Operations

Massachusetts Fire District 14 Technical Rescue Team


District 14 is a regional technical rescue team comprised of 35 members from 11 communities in the metro west area. The team members are from

Ashland, Concord, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Marlborough, Milford, Natick, Northborough, and Shrewsbury

. All members of the technical rescue team are trained to the technician level for high angle rope rescue, low angle rope rescue, trench rescue, confined space rescue and structural collapse rescue as well as having certain members trained in tower rescue, wind turbine rescue, large animal rescue, protester extrication and other technical rescue disciplines. The team trains on a monthly basis throughout the year, in each discipline. The District 14 team is available for response 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can be reached and dispatched by contacting District 14 control in the Town of Ashland at 508-881-0119. The technical rescue team is also available for confined space stand – by, for industry, during your entries in above grade or below grade permit required confined spaces.

Massachusetts Fire District 14 Dive Rescue Team


Ashland belongs to a regional Dive Rescue Team made up of 42 public safety personnel from:
  • Ashland Fire
  • Sherborn Fire
  • Westborough Fire
  • Hudson Fire
  • Holliston Fire
  • Maynard Fire
  • Lincoln Fire
  • Weston Fire 
  • Framingham Police
  • Westborough Police
  • Northborough Fire

We also have a 200' from shore capability, 14 boats that support the team.

Night Dive operations.

Underwater recovery.

Deep water dives to 120'.

Underwater evidence recovery with police chain of custody.