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Technical Teams

Within the Fire Department's large Operations Division, there is also a Technical Teams Division which is comprised of several specialized response teams that handle a wide variety of both high-risk and low-frequency type events.

The Technical Teams Division began in 1980 with the formation of the department's Hazardous Materials Response Unit. Over the years, other specialized units were added such as the Marine Response and Technical Rescue units.

These technical teams are not intended as a replacement for first-line Engine and Ladder companies, but rather, to complement them.

Presently, the fire department has a variety of specialty equipment and apparatus used to augment general operations. The department's Team personnel continually drill and train to keep their skills sharp which enables the Seattle Fire Department to continue to be an industry leader within our community and across the country.

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Last Modified:   June 13, 2012

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