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Special Operations


The Santa Rita Fire District is sometimes called on to respond to emergency incidents that require specialized training or resources above and beyond what our standard response units can provide. In support of these types of incidents, the Santa Rita Fire District has special operations personnel who have received additional training in specific disciplines to help mitigate these types of unique incidents.

The Santa Rita Fire District supports three specific specialty groups within special operations and is overseen by a Battalion Chief who is responsible for all Special Operations.

Hazardous Materials
In addition to over 100 firefighters trained as first-responders for hazardous materials response, the Santa Rita Fire District has 13 personnel who are trained as Hazardous Materials Technicians. These technicians are able to provide expertise and resources in support of a hazardous materials incident.

SRFD hazmat personnel work as part of the Pima County Regional Team and will respond anywhere they are needed within Pima County. Pima County's regional team has more than 60 members and is equipped to respond to a variety of hazardous material emergencies including:

  • Explosives
  • Compressed gasses
  • Flammable liquids and gasses
  • Poisonous or toxic substances
  • Radioactive Materials
  • Flammable Solids
  • Corrosives

Technical Rescue
Technical Rescue Technicians are firefighters who have received 200 additional hours of specialty training in rescue disciplines. The Santa Rita Fire District specializes in five disciplines of technical rescue. These include:

  • Rope Rescue (Low to High Angle)
  • Confined Space Rescue
  • Trench Rescue
  • Water Rescue (Swift and Still Water)
  • Structural Collapse

Like our Hazmat Team, the TRT Team also works as part of a regional team within Pima County, allowing for additional support for complex rescues.


While all SRFD firefighters are trained to fight wildland fires, the Santa Rita Fire District is fortunate to have a number of personnel who have received additional specialized training in support of this discipline. Members of the SRFD Wildland Team not only support wildland incidents within our District and neighboring communities, but they are also routinely deployed outside of Arizona in support of national wildland firefighting efforts.  This past year, wildland crews spent time in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and California.