Mission Statement

Technical Rescue Systems is committed to keeping current on the latest and safest techniques in teaching, learning environments, fall protection and rescue techniques involving fall protection safety and rescue.

TRS Background and Biography

Technical Rescue Systems is an International Training Company that trains hundreds of companies… and most important…thousands of people in fall protection, safety and rescue involving climbing and the vertical environment.

With over 30 years training and learning experience TRS has a vast background in specialized technical rescue and adult teaching skills. We are focused on the best training for your specific needs. TRS works on a type of flow chart that maximizes the training program to fit your specific needs. With that, understanding the many different courses TRS offers, we are able to customize and specialize the training to fit your specific needs and budget.

We have a staff of professional people and instructors with varied experiences to best serve your high standards of instruction and service needs.

We all have a common goal, safety for all our co-workers, employees and friends. We have learned that another common goal is education. Keeping current on the latest standards, to the latest equipment, to the latest in teaching techniques is vital.


In 1986 Steve Fleming founded Technical Rescue Systems after discovering a need for effective, retainable and quality technical rescue training. TRS offers a service that teaches departments and industrial safety/rescue organizations throughout the world in Emergency Services Rope Rescue, Confined Space Entry & Rescue, Rescuer Safety & Scene Evaluation, Industrial Fall Protection, Communication Tower Climbing and Rescue and Teaching Techniques to adults. These courses have been developed and taught to the industrial sector, fire and emergency services, military, construction industry, including, but not limited to: wind power, electrical power, mining operations and rescue, communication towers and inspection engineers.

Owner and Senior Instructor Steve Fleming recently retired after 37 years as a Captain for the Poudre Fire Authority in Ft. Collins, Colorado. He has been involved with the fire/rescue service since 1977 and is a state-certified Firefighter III, Fire Instructor I, Colorado State Evaluator II, Emergency Medical Technician, NFPA certified hazardous materials team technician and vocational fire service instructor. In 1990 Steve was elected on the Board of Directors for the National Association for Search and Rescue and served as vice president for external affairs until September 1994. Steve was a regular columnist for FireRescue magazine and as of January 1995 was appointed contributing editor of FireRescue magazine. In 1999 Steve started training in the telecommunications tower climbing industry developing, training and managing an Antenna Tower Training Division. Working up to the level of Master Instructor teaching students to “Authorized Climber / Rescuer”, “Competent Climber / Rescuer” and “Qualified Climber / Rescuer” levels on communication towers and industrial fall protection levels throughout the world. In 2012 acquired a training facility in Fort Collins devoting even more time and focus to Technical Rescue Systems.

Standards / Networking

In 1992 he was selected to serve on the NFPA 1 9 8 3 standard committee involving “Life Safety Rope, Harnesses & Auxiliary Equipment”. In May 1995 Steve was selected to serve on the NFPA “Technical Rescue” 1 6 7 0 committee.

In 2009 Steve was asked to serve on the ANSI (American National Standard Institute) committee 10.48 Telecommunications Tower Climbing and is currently the chair for the “Training and Rescue” sections of that standard.

There are several major advantages in being involved with the standard writing process:

Networking – Being involved and working with the committee members is an amazing privilege and honor. These individuals are true subject matter experts. The consensus standards are designed just for that reason. There are representatives from the manufacturers, unions, user groups, third party testing, and more. These individuals are truly “at the top of their game”. Bring your text book to the meetings because the authors are there.

Passion – The time, energy and commitment it takes to be a contributing member of these volunteer committees takes a lot of passion. That describes the type of people on these committees. They are more that anxious to answer or ask any type of questions.

Program Development / Ability to Customize

Over many years we have had the opportunity to write, develop, review and audit many different types of programs, guidelines and procedures. With that, we have seen many specialized needs and application. Some very simple, to some very complicated and strict.

This experience has proven to be extremely valuable. Being directly involved with federal, local and individual organizational standards has given us the education and insight to, not only, the technical aspect, but to the most important reason of all, individuals safety. The consequences of making a mistake in this business can prove to be fatal.

We all have a common goal, safety for all our co-workers, employees and friends. We have learned that another common goal is education. Keeping current on the latest standards, to the latest equipment, to the latest in teaching techniques is vital.

Retainable, simple and safe training has proven to be “the key”.