The Garfield County All Hazards Response Team (AHRT) was developed in response to the ever-increasing needs of the communities in the county.
Recognizing that the presence of a highly trained, highly skilled tactical unit has been shown to substantially reduce the risk of injury or loss of life to citizens, police officers, firefighters and suspects. By recognizing that a well managed team response to critical incidents usually results in a successful resolution of critical incidents, it is the intent of the All Hazards Response Team to work together to provide a highly trained and skilled tactical team as a resource for those that are in need.
The team and its equipment are generally funded through grants made possible by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The AHRT Team is a joint effort between various law enforcement agencies in the county, and currently includes sworn officers from:
Additionally, the team includes medics and firefighter personnel from the Glenwood Springs Fire Department.
Members of the AHRT Team have attended extensive training, including:
- Basic SWAT School through the Utah County (UT) Sheriff’s Office
- Courses in:
- Active Shooters
- Tactical Tracking
- Chemical Munitions
- Distraction Devices
- Hazmat Operations
In 2008, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office purchased a Lenco BearCat using their own existing funds to further support the mission of the AHRT.