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. James was the 1st full time firefighter at Middletown Fire Protection 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.

Service Manager
 - Darrell Brown

Darrell has served with the Waddy Fire Department in Shelby County since 1987, where he has been Fire Chief for 15 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 also services Avon-Protection, ISI & Honeywell SCBA Systems. He will do what is required to keep our customers gear operating properly!

Our Service Staff:

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 at Buechel Fire Department for 5 years. 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 hightechrescue.com webstore. Joe's specialty is Personal Protective Equipment.

Product Manager - Rescue Tools - James A. Riddle (III)

Jamie is a KY state certified EMT and a State Certified Instructor.  He is currently serving as Firefighter/Full-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! Give us a call to setup a demonstration. (502)633-0149


 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!

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/Allen County Fire Department. He and his crew were recognized in the “Hometown Hero” for their work during the May 2010 floods in Southern Kentucky.

Sales Representative - South Central, KY - Lucas Sullivan
Lucas has been serving as a firefighter since 2004. He now serves as a LT. on an engine company for the City of Gallatin, TN. Lucas still volunteers at his hometown of Scottsville Fire Dept. and the South Allen Fire Dept. in KY. He covers several counties
in the South Central Region of KY and would love to take your call!

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

Darrell recently retired from the City of Gallatin after 14 years of service. He is a certified apparatus/pump driver/operator, fire officer, and is trained in low angle rope rescue, confined space rescue, hazmat operations, extrication, and trench rescue. Darrell recently completed his National Boards for his EMT. Darrell is a full time Territory Manager and is ready to answer any questions and demo whatever equipment you might need!

Kyle Tipton – Sales Representative – North Central, KY

Kyle is currently serving as a Deputy Sheriff in Shelby County and is responsible
for the Law Enforcement Lines of products for our customers.


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


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