About Us

“Firefighters Serving Firefighter


  • Family owned, privately held company
  • Company Established 1993
  • Member of KY & IN Firefighters Association
  • Originally and currently based in Shelbyville, KY
  • Current Territory includes: KY, S. IN, TN,AL & GA

Company Owner - James A. Riddle, Jr

James served as a member of the Kentucky State Fire Commission, where he was appointed by the Governor in 2004 and elected Chairman in 2008 & retired in 2011 He retired from Shelby Co. VFD as Captain in 2009 and was the Assistant Chief of Eastwood Fire District and a full time firefighter at Middletown Fire District, both in Jefferson Co. He is currently serving as Assistant Chief for Waddy VFD in Shelby Co.


Office Manager - Donnie Brooks

Donnie retired from the Middletown Fire District as Chief after serving 35 years. He has an Associate’s Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology and is a Graduate of the Executive Fire Officers Program at the National Fire Academy.  He still remains active as a retired Chief with the Kentucky Association of Fire Chiefs and manages their website.


Service Manager - Darrell Brown

Darrell has served with the Fire Chief for Waddy Fire Department in Shelby County since 1987, where he has been Fire Chief for 10 years. Darrell is very active in the community and is responsible for maintenance of Extrication Tools & SCBA equipment. Darrell performs service not only on Genesis Rescue tools but, Amkus, TNT, Hurst & Holmotro Tools. He will do what is required to keep our customer tools operating properly!

Our Service Staff:

Darrell Campbell – Service Technician, Rescue Tools, SCBA
Jack Miller – Service Technician, Air Compressors
Troy Witt - Service Technician, Rescue Tools & SCBA

Sales Manager  - Joe Stokell 

Joe retired from Middletown Fire Protection District in Jefferson Co. after serving for 14 years where he was Sergeant & Accountability Officer. He was the Firefighter Rep. on the Board of Trustees for 6 years.  Previously he served as a Lt. for 5 years at Buechel Fire Department. Prior to Joining High Tech Rescue, Joe worked at Nikon Metrology as a Regional Sales Manager.  He has an Associate’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology and manages the new www.hightechrescue.com webstore.

Territory Manager, S. IN & E. TN - James A. Riddle (III)

Jamie is a KY state certified EMT and a State Certified Instructor.  He is currently serving as Firefighter / part-time at Shelbyville Fire Dept. Jamie is our primary demonstrator for the Genesis Rescue Tool product line, where he has advance knowledge in the application of the product. He is always available to demonstrate the product!



Territory Manager – Tennessee, N. AL & N. GA  - Darrell Templeton

Darrell started as a firefighter with Southeast Community VFD in TN and has recently retired from the City of Gallatin after 14 years. He is a certified apparatus/pump driver/operator, fire officer, trained in low angle rope rescue, confined space rescue, hazmat operations, extrication, and trench rescue. Darrell recently completed his National Boards for his EMT. Darrel is a full time Territory Manager
and is ready to show you whatever you need!

Sales Representative – Allen County, KY  
- Rickey Cooksey

Rickey is the Former Chief of Cedar Springs VFD and is currently serving as a County Magistrate. He continues to serve as a volunteer firefighter on the Scottsville/South Allen County Fire Department. He and his crew were recently recognized in the “Hometown Hero” for their work during the May 2010 floods in Southern Kentucky.

Sales Representative - Western KY - Carlton Holbert

Carlton serves as a full time Captain for the City of Shelbyville Fire Dept. and Instructor for the State of Kentucky. He specializes in Rope Rescue in both high and low angle Techniques. Carlton is our Sales Rep. in the Western KY Region and is always ready to assist you!

Of the HTR staff and technicians, there is a total emergency service experience of 395+ years. We stand ready to serve you anytime with all that we have!

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