Fire isn't just powerful—it's also unpredictable. The Special Operations Command is a team of specialists who help out the regular firefighters in unique or highly critical situations.
These specialized units are often dispatched to scenes of large fires
or other emergency situations where their experience, knowledge, skills
and specialized equipment are needed to assist other companies.
Often regarded as "mini rescue companies," these specialized units
respond to fires and emergencies in a pumper truck equipped with
specialized tools and equipment.
Marine Units respond to ship and pier fires and other water-related
emergencies with special boats that carry big spools of large-diameter
hoses. These fireboats have tremendous pumps that can suck water
directly from the river or harbor and spray through their deck-mounted
HAZMAT stands for "Hazardous Materials," and the job of the HAZMAT team
is to respond to any situation where harmful vapors, gasses, fluids,
unknown powders or airborne materials are present. Equipped with
specialized suits, tools and meters, the Hazmat teams are specialists
in evacuating any people from the area, and then containing,
collecting, dispersing or removing the harmful substance.
Firefighters don't spend every moment battling fire, but their entire
day is spent—in some way—preparing for fire's awesome power. Get a behind-the-scenes look at a firefighter's day.
Battling fire is both dangerous and exhausting, as can be witnessed on the faces of firefighters after they've extinguished a blaze.