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Fire - Special Ops

What is Glendale Fire Department Special Operations?

Special Ops logoGlendale Fire Department’s Special Operation units respond to both Hazardous Materials (HazMat) and Technical Rescue (TRT) calls. HazMat calls may include an accidental or intentional release of dangerous chemicals, flammable substances, biologic or radiologic agents. Some of the causes of these incidents include accidents, construction mishaps, drug labs or terrorism. TRT calls involve rescues of all sorts in any possible environment including mountain, trench, confined space, swift water, and trees to name just a few. It may also involve complex vehicle or machinery extrication and building collapse. These incidents may be the result of an accident, explosion, collapse, flood or any other natural or manmade disaster.  Besides local emergencies our members and equipment are deployable as federal resources through the Department of Homeland Security as a Rapid Response Team. Members of the team are selected from qualified firefighter candidates and must complete an initial 200-hour course in each specialty to achieve the basic certification to operate in these environments. Following that, Special Operations personnel must participate in additional training and courses in order to maintain a high level of competency and readiness. These duties and skills are in addition to the strenuous work schedule of a Glendale firefighter.

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