Disaster response has more than one patch – Phoenix area Special Ops teams rely on teamwork

Special Ops teams tackled a collapsed structure scenario. -  HMN

Special Ops teams tackled a collapsed structure scenario. – Copyright 2015 HMN

HazMatNation Staff  – May 5th, 2015

Phoenix AZ – Special Operations teams from area Fire Departments met last week for a series of Regional Response Task Force Drills. Regional partners include teams from Glendale, Chandler, Peoria, Scottsdale, Daisy Mountain, Tempe, Phoenix, Surprise, Buckeye, Gilbert, Goodyear & Mesa. Specialized teams tackled technical response scenarios which included a collapsed 5 story parking garage, Chemical/Biological/Radiation/Nuclear/Explosive (CBRNE) scenario, and an intentional chlorine release.

“This drill had some very technical obstacles involved which allowed the units to utilize special equipment and really do some creative thinking” said Captain Zientek of the Phoenix Fire Department. The veteran Captain added “the Phoenix area has the most unique relationship with the interaction of our fire departments. We all serve, basically, as one fire department to 28 cities and have no boundaries.” The drills also included participation with the area police departments which the Captain added “We all train together and work seamlessly with our neighboring cities, we have a very good relationship with our Police officers as well”.

“We are lucky to have a nice Special Ops facility to train at, in addition we have trained at Phoenix Fire Dept. Training Academy, the Glendale Regional Public Safety Training Center, Scottsdale Training Academy, Mesa Fire Training Academy, and Tempe Fire Dept. Training Academy. So many resources!” The Special Ops teams maintain readiness for incidents involving everything from earthquakes and natural disasters to terror attacks and hazardous materials releases.  Phoenix area (Valley) fire departments have a mutual-aid agreement that when an emergency (911) call comes in, the closest available firetruck will respond regardless of municipal boundaries.  Several of the departments  have been accredited by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International, a program at the non-profit Center for Public Safety Excellence.

 

Area Law Enforcement participates in regional drills - HMN Copyright 2015

Area Law Enforcement participates in regional drills – HMN Copyright 2015

Firefighters using HazSim HazMat simulation meter to locate hazardous atmosphere - HMN Copyright 2015

Firefighters using HazSim HazMat simulation meter to locate hazardous atmosphere – HMN Copyright 2015

Area teams working together - HMN Copyright 2015

Area teams working together – HMN Copyright 2015

Area Departments working together to make their region safer - HMN Copyright 2015

Area Departments working together to make their region safer – HMN Copyright 2015

Special Ops teams working together - HMN Copyright 2015

Special Ops teams working together – HMN Copyright 2015

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