UPDATED July 1, 2020:

Special Operations

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Special Operations

The Williamsburg Fire Department, in conjunction with other departments of the surrounding counties, provides trained personnel to support local, state and federal Special Operations Teams.

The addition of technical rescue specialists to the array of services provided by the Williamsburg Fire Department insures that we are properly prepared to handle any situation that may arise. If the situation is beyond the scope or our capabilities, we can call on the resources available from other local agencies up to and including FEMA's Urban Search and Rescue Task force to provide additional support.

James City County & Williamsburg Technical Rescue Services

Members from both James City County Fire Department and the Williamsburg Fire Department take part in the area's Special Response Team.  The team's mission is to mitigate heavy and tactical rescue situations that may arise in the James City County and Williamsburg communities, as well as, aid neighboring communities with their rescue efforts. 

The team will respond to situations such as:

  • High Angle Rescue
  • Confined Space
  • Trench Rescue
  • Building Collapse

The team is equipped with a wide variety of essential rescue tools, a heavy rescue truck and trailer. 

For more information regarding the Special Response Team please visit:  James City County Technical Rescue

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The Williamsburg Fire Department, in conjunction with other departments from the Hampton Roads area, supports the Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Urban Search and Rescue Response System. We provide three highly trained rescue specialists and their equipment to deploy with Virginia Task Force - 2, the areas regional team, in the mitigation of natural and man made disasters. WFD also has six members who are on a local team that covers the Williamsburg/James City areas.

For more information on Virginia Task Force 2 and the other FEMA Task Force Teams please visit the following site: FEMA Task Force Teams

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