Station 6 Hazardous Materials Response Team
The Arlington Fire Department’s Hazardous Materials Response Team (HMRT) was activated in 1988. The HMRT is deployed out of Fire Station 6 and is currently staffed on each shift with a Captain, Lieutenant, two (2) Fire Apparatus Operators and four (4) Firefighters; minimum HMRT staffing is 5 Texas State Certified Hazardous Materials Technicians on duty every shift. Station 6 apparatus include: Engine 6, Quint 6, HazMat 6, and Utility 6.
The mission of the Arlington Fire Department Hazardous Materials Response Team (HMRT) is to mitigate hazardous material(s) release or potential release as safely as possible, directing actions with the safety of the personnel, citizens, and the welfare of the environment in mind.
The HMRT provides specially trained personnel at the site of a hazardous materials release who can perform the proper corrective actions to end the threat of a release or potential release. The HMRT is also the main response arm of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Domestic Terrorism program, trained to identify agents, assist in the collection of samples, and supervise mass decontamination operations performed by the Fire-Rescue Division of the Arlington Fire Department.
Traditional hazardous material releases are not the only responsibility of the members of Station 6. Some, but not all, of the additional responsibilities are:
- Technical Rescue
- Public Education
- Community Services
In addition to the responsibilities of responding to the above mentioned needs for service, the members of Station 6 also respond to over 5000 medical, rescue and fire calls a year.
Station 7 Swift Water Rescue/Dive Team
The purpose of the Swift Water Rescue/Dive Team is to conduct swift water and dive rescues and recoveries while maintaining a professional level of excellence and educating the general public on water emergencies.
Swift Water Rescue
Swift water rescue emergencies are time sensitive and require a great deal of technical knowledge and equipment. The SWR/Dive Team has two swift water rescue boats, which are quickly deployable. This equipment, in combination with specialized training, has allowed us to prepare for dangerous swift water environments and operations when it is required.
Dive Rescue and Recovery
Dive rescue and recovery emergencies require the same amount of precision, haste, knowledge and equipment to achieve our overall purpose. Before our members are ever allowed to dive for any operations, they are required to obtain a basic open water certification. Our rescue team operates with various technical tools including side-scan sonar on our boat and full facemasks and wet suits for our divers. All of these attributes, allow us to operate in the most efficient and professional manner possible.
The SWR/Dive Team operates out of Fire Station 7. The members of the team are also responsible for traditional Fire Service duties; they respond to fires, EMS, MVCs, and various other types of calls for service. Our crews take part in several water related public awareness programs. Every summer we go to community pools and give pool safety programs to residents present. We also work in conjunction with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary for vessel safety inspections, where we provide a free service to boaters at the various boat ramps in the city. In addition to these services, our team provides a standby for lake events such as the Arlington Regatta and the Cardboard Boat Regatta.
As it is evident, our SWR/Dive team is a very motivated organization with various positive attributes. Our team can handle everything from search and rescue, to assisting stranded/injured boaters and vehicle/equipment recoveries.
Station 8 Technical Rescue Team
The Arlington Fire Department is committed to providing its citizens and visitors with emergency response for a variety of circumstances. As part of that goal, the members of Fire Station 8 have been trained to provide Technical Rescue response for the following specialized incidents: Rope Rescue, Trench Rescue, Confined Space Rescue, and Structural Collapse Rescue.
Rope Rescue events occur when a rescue must be affected either above or below ground level and requires the use of ropes to reach and extract the victim. Trench Rescue events occur when a person is trapped below ground by dirt or rock of a collapsed trench. Confined Space events are rescues of persons trapped in small enclosed areas with limited access. The final specialized discipline conducted by Station 8 personnel is Structural Collapse Rescue; these events occur when structures collapse, thereby trapping persons inside the building.
Each of these technical rescue disciplines requires a commitment to ongoing continued education and training by each member of the team along with specialized equipment. The members of Fire Station 8 are proud to provide these services along with their regular emergency medical and fire duties to the citizens and visitors of Arlington.
Station 1 and 9 Gas Well Response Team
The primary focus of the GWRT, in cooperation with Fire Prevention, is to provide oversight and mitigation efforts to the gas well industry in Arlington and surrounding communities via mutual aid requests. The inception of this program created a cooperative effort with the gas well companies, TCEQ, Fire Prevention and the Gas Well Response Team. These collective efforts are creating a safer living environment for the citizens and visitors of Arlington. The purpose of the program and response team is to provide highly trained AFD members with specialized training and equipment to respond to Gas Well and Pipeline emergency incidents. This training is used almost daily during our pre-planning efforts, site compliance inspections, and during our emergency responses to unintentional gas releases (washouts), odor investigations, and other 911 calls for service at or near gas well sites. Each of our team members was trained by leading professionals in the Texas oil and gas well control and emergency response industry at a state of the art facility in Richmond, Texas.