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 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 Sales Representative 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 - 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

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 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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