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 County, KY.


Office Manager
 - Kayla Wiley

Kayla was born and raised in the fire service. With her father, brother and both uncles fighting fire, it came naturally! She is our office manager and CFO-handling accounts receivable and assisting with financial planning of the company. If you have any questions related to billing please email Kayla at kayla.wiley@hightechrescue.com.

Service Manager
 - Joseph "Joe" Riddle

Joe joined the Middletown Fire Protection District in 2006 and is currently a member of Shelby County Fire & Rescue. Before joining High Tech Rescue, Joe worked as a Quality Inspector for Bluegrass Roller where he inspected and reverse engineered rollers. If you have any questions about service or repairs, contact him at joe.riddle@hightechrescue.com

 Operations Manager - Joey Riddle, SR.
Joey retired from Shelby County EMS as a Sergeant in 2007. He joined the fire service in 1985 and is currently a member of Shelby County Fire &Rescue and serves Shelby County Emergency Management as a Deputy Director. During his time with High Tech Rescue, Joey has held the position of Service/Sales Manager. Joey currently oversees our outside Sales Representatives and assist with the day-to-day operation at High Tech Rescue.

Sales Manager  - Joe Stokell 

Joe retired from Middletown Fire Protection District in Jefferson Co. after serving for 14 years as Sergeant & Accountability Officer. He was the Firefighter Rep. on the Board of Trustees for 6 years.  Previously he was 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 www.hightechrescue & webstore. Joe's specialty is Personal Protective Equipment. Give us a call and I'll fit you up!

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 Shift - Firefighter for the City of Shelbyville Fire Dept. As our primary demonstrator for the Genesis Rescue Tool product line, Jamie brings 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 Shift - 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 Gas Detector
Specialist and Sales Representative in the Western KY Region. He 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 -
Curtis Vincent

Curtis is serving as the District Chief for Richardsville Fire Department and works as a Fiber Optic Technician.
He is the Sales Representative for High Tech in Warren, Butler and Edmonton Counties of Kentucky. He would like to
discuss your Fire Service needs!

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 

Currently this position is open. If you have Fire Service sales experience, give us a call. (502)633-0149

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 Staff & Technicians at High Tech Rescue, there is a total emergency service experience of 395+ years.
We stand ready anytime to serve you, and we do it with all that we have!


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