Special Operations Division
Special Operations encompasses the dive swift water rescue, the technical rescue teams, airport rescue fire fighting at the Boise Airport, and hazardous materials.
The Dive Team was established in 1982 and consists of approximately 30 members. Their mission is to respond to water related incidents within the jurisdictional boundaries and procedural operations for which it is responsible. The team is nationally certified by Dive Rescue International to perform rescue operations in the following areas: open water rescue, current water rescue, subsurface ice rescue and surface ice rescue. Operations have been performed in local rivers and canals, in water flow measuring up to 7000 cfs and in depths over 100 feet.
Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) was established in 1965 and has approximately 30 members. Their mission is to respond and operate within the Boise Airport. The ARFF team maintains certification through an annual training program required by the created by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The Boise Airport, including ARFF, is certified annually by the FAA through auditing and inspection.
The Tech Rescue Team was established in April of 2002 and consists of approximately 30 members. Their mission is to respond and operate at the Technician level within the chapters defined by the National Fire Protection Association. The team maintains a high level of service through annual training by completing, updating and creating new and improved performance standards that meet or exceed the national standard. The State of Idaho's Bureau of Homeland Security has recognized the Technical Rescue Team as one of three regional Idaho Collapse Search and Rescue teams.
The Hazardous Materials Team was established in 1991 and consists of approximately 30 members. Their mission is to respond and operate at the Technician level as defined by the National Fire Protection Association Standard 472. The team maintains its level of performance and competency through an approved and accepted annual training program that continually evaluates members' performance by means of competency based training. The HazMat Team has been recognized by the State of Idaho's Bureau of Homeland Security as one of the seven Regional Response Teams.
If you have used motor oil, latex paint, aerosol cans, garden chemicals or unused electronic equipment around the house, these items can be dropped off at a hazardous materials collection site. There are several collection sites in Boise to drop off hazardous waste, including particular fire stations in the City.