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Tukwila Fire Special Operations  

The Special Operations Division of the Tukwila Fire Department consists of two teams--the Hazardous Material Team and the Heavy Rescue Team. Each team has separate responsibilities and training. The teams cross train in order to be able to assist the other in the event of an incident.

Hazardous Materials Team

The HazMat Team consists of an average of 14 specially trained firefighters. We are a Level I team with a full compliment of Level A, B and C suits. The primary purpose of the team is to respond and when possible, mitigate CBRNE (Chemical Biological Radioactive Nuclear Environment) type incidents within our jurisdiction. The Team is part of the Zone 3 HazMat Strike team, making it a resource to the rest of Zone 3, as well as greater King County.

Team Members are all trained to the level of Hazardous Materials Technicians. The entire Suppression force in our department is trained to the level of First Responder Operations Level. As such they provide support services to the team, primarily in the area of decontamination. Team members provide the majority of the Annual Refresher Training for our Operations group. Also they provide annual refresher to our Technicians. All instructors are NFPA Instructor I certified.

Our department has two response vehicles that carry our HazMat equipment to the scene. Our primary unit is HM51. It is a 34' trailer, divided to carry the majority of our entry, communications, PPE, monitoring and office equipment. It has a new wireless Weather Station on board, as well as very sophisticated detection and air monitoring tools. Recently we took possession of a Wireless Video camera. It is capable of transmitting audio and video from inside the Hot Zone. HM 512 carry's our decon equipment, which include our TVI unit. It is also stocked with a large supply of Post Decon suits for civilians.

Tukwila Fire Department Rescue Team

Tukwila Fire Department's Special Operations Rescue Team consists of 16 highly trained firefighters. The purpose of the team is to respond to rescue incidents that require specialized equipment, skills, and techniques. The types of incidents the team prepares for are: confined space rescue, trench rescue, water rescue, structural collapse rescue, and vehicle/machinery rescue.

It is a goal of the Rescue Team that members are trained to meet NFPA 1006 & 1670 standards for the Rescue Technician. Team members provide awareness and operations level rescue training for the remainder of the department's firefighters. To ensure readiness, the Rescue Team trains quarterly with the other south King County (Zone 3) fire departments, and monthly within our department. At this time, our Rescue Team maintains the largest cache of trench and structural collapse equipment in Zone 3.


Contact Information:

Tukwila Fire Department
Headquarters - Station 51
444 Andover Park East
Tukwila, WA 98188

Phone: 206 575-4404
Fax: 206 575-4439
Emergencies: Dial 911

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