The Neptune Special Operations Technical Rescue Team – Station 34-8 – was created in 2009, and is responsible for technical rescue emergencies and rescue operations in the Neptune Township.  We also respond mutual aid throughout the region and are a Type 1 Structural Collapse Rescue Team on the New Jersey OEM State Resource Inventory.

The team operates under the authority of Neptune Township’s Office of Emergency Management.  We are trained and equipped for Technical Rescue emergencies include Confined Space Rescue, Structural Collapse, High and Low Angle Rescue, Trench Rescue and any rescue that is beyond the scope or capabilities of the township’s first responders.

The team is staffed by 30 members from the various support and sponsoring agencies, which includes:

– Neptune Office of Emergency Management
– Neptune Fire Department
– Neptune Emergency Medical Services
– Neptune Police Department
– Neptune Department of Public Works
– Neptune Building Department
– Neptune Municipal Government
– Ocean Grove Fire Department
– We also welcome members from contiguous agencies

The team works cooperatively with the Monmouth County Office of Emergency Management and the Monmouth County Fire Marshal’s Office.

Neptune Special Operations Team members have varied levels of training, including having members trained through New Jersey Task Force 1 at their Urban Search & Rescue (USAR) facility on the US Naval Base located in Lakehurst.  NJTF-1 is one of the 28 FEMA USAR teams in the US.  Training follows NFPA 1006, 1670, 2500 and other standards.

We have members who have a background in construction and carpentry, surveying, hazardous materials, rope and rigging, rescue and more.

The team trains monthly, in addition to extra training that is held both for the team and where members attend on their own.

For additional information on Neptune’s Special Operations Team, contact Special Operations Team Leader / Deputy OEM Coordinator Donald Colarusso – dcolarusso@neptunetownship.org.

Membership:  The team accepts applications in October and November each year.  Interviews are conducted in December.  Onboarding, orientation, and basic introductory training is conducted in January, February and March.  Membership is open to all members of Neptune Township’s emergency service agencies.  We also may consider those interested who live in a bordering town in reasonable proximity to Neptune Township.  Our membership application can be found here:  Special Ops APPLICATION v2023


34-9-30Michael BascomTeam Commander
34-9-35Donald ColarussoChief/Team Leader
34-9-32Michael DileoAsst. Team Leader (Hazmat)
34-66Joseph MauroAsst. Team Leader (Operations)
34-9-36Bil RosenAsst. Team Leader (Medical)
Search / RescueNicholas Acevedo
Search / RescueAlbie FritzTraining Officer
Search / RescueDavid Hoecker
LogisticsJacob Kay
Search / RescueAaron LayTraining Officer
LogisticsChip Megill
Search / RescueNick Megill
Search / RescueJake Neidenstein
Search / RescueCharles Reevey
LogisticsRyan Santos
Search / RescueFrancis Sutphin
Search / RescueJames Allen
Search / RescueJames Corrao
LogisticsCasey Crawford
LogisticsDanielle DePalma
Search / RescueDaniel Harker
Search / RescueOtis Henderson
Search / RescueMatthew Kershaw
Search / RescueTimothy Kortenhaus
Search / RescueJose Perez
Search / RescueBrian Rath
Search / RescueJohn Rystephanuk
Logistics Kyle Bascom PIO
LogisticsT.J. ConstantinoCache Manager


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