Special Operations


Technical Rescue Response Team

The Technical Rescue Team is trained for confined space, structural collapse, trench collapse, and high-angle rescue operations. Members of this team have training beyond firefighting to understand structural anomalies at disaster scenes. These team members are also members of the SW FL Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Florida Task Force 6 which provides specialized rescue response to incidents that involve confined space, trench, low/high angle rope, swift water, and structural collapse situations. Designated by the State of Florida, SWF USAR responds regionally and throughout the state. The 72-member task force is composed of firefighters, paramedics, and specialists from the Bonita Springs, Estero, San Carlos Park, South Trail, Iona McGregor, North Collier, and the Fort Myers Beach fire districts, and the Lee County Division of Public Safety.


TRT 42

Technical Rescue Team 42 carries equipment to handle technical rescues including trench collapse, confined space entry, high angle rescue and structure collapse. Technical Rescue apparatus also includes an additional trailer with equipment – TRT 43.

Dive Response Team

The Dive Rescue Team responds to all types of situations involving water rescue including vehicles in canals, drownings and recovery of evidence for the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. All Dive Team members are Dive Rescue I certified with some also certified as Public Safety Scuba Instructors.

Dive Team Apparatus

SRU 44

Special Response Unit 44 is the primary unit for the District’s Dive Team, providing transport for their equipment as well as a location for rescue divers to suit-up. The vehicle carries dive gear for eight team embers at one time and is wet and dry suit equipped.

Marine Emergency Response Team

Boat Team Operations includes firefighters who are cross-trained as boat operators and able to assist in water rescue operations, an important function in Collier County with its location on the Gulf of Mexico. The District maintains three boats including a 36-foot Twin-Vee.

Marine Emergency Response Apparatus

Boat 41

Boat 41 is a 36′ Fire Bt with a 750 gallon pump and is both Advanced Life Support and dive equipped. Boat 41 is docked at the District owned boat slip at Wiggins Pass. The District’s boat apparatus also includes a 17′ rescue boat, a 15′ rescue boat and a 19′ inflatable, swift-water boat.

Hazardous Materials Team

The Haz-Mat Team continuously train for incidents including chemical spills, leaks and radiological emergencies. This team is also recognized as an official State of Florida Hazmat Response Team.

Hazardous Materials Apparatus

SRU 41

Special Response Unit 41 is a 1999 Freightliner and is also known as the “Science Vehicle” as it is equipped with a mobile lab. It also houses a communications system, an integral part of responding to hazardous materials emergencies.

SRU 42

Special Response Unit 42 carries extra boom for spill mitigation and serves as a backup Squad for the District when needed.

HM 41

Haz-Mat 41 is a heavy duty trailer used to carry all of the haz-mat equipment needed at emergency scenes. The District also utilizes a second heavy duty trailer, HM 42.