By Brian Stoothoff
According to Battalion Chief Travis Welter, Ocala’s Special Operations Team responds in all kinds of weather to all types of emergencies. Firefighters are cross-trained in high-angle rope rescue, confined space rescue, trench collapse, hazardous materials, and urban search and rescue. Ocala firefighters must take initial training classes and participate in exercises on a regular basis to become eligible and then remain a member of this highly specialized team. The training exercise conducted last week was at fire station #1when the mercury warmed to near freezing temperatures.
In the above photo, Captain Shane Ferguson is decontaminated by fellow firefighters after rescuing a victim from a simulated hazardous material incident.
For more recent Ocala incidents, consider Ocala (FL) Firefighters Free Trapped Driver, Three Injured in Ocala (FL) School Bus Fire, and Ocala (FL) Firefighters Extricate Two from Truck – Fire Engineering.
For more on hazmat incidents, consider Drill of the Week: Emergency Evacuation Procedures, Hazmat Survival Tips: Working with Cleanup Contractors, and Hazmat Survival Tips: Terrorism, Sabotage, and Accidents — Is There a Difference?.