Irving's firefighters have been trained in various types of technical rescues, such as high-angle rescue, trench rescue, heavy machinery rescue, and vehicle extrication. This service provides rescue to victims trapped in hard to reach areas such as the bottom of holes, on building ledges, train trestles, or window washer platforms.
The Technical Rescue Team is assigned to Fire Station No. 6 which has a Heavy Rescue Vehicle for technical rescue responses.
Texas weather often causes high water conditions. The three lakes that are located in the city, as well as the creeks, canals and the Trinity River, provide our firefighters with an opportunity to practice water rescue.
The Swift Water Rescue Team is assigned to Fire Station No. 1 which has a zodiac boat and trailer for swift water responses, as well as Boat 8 on Lake Carolyn.
The department has a Hazardous Materials Unit, assigned to Fire Station No. 8, to respond in the event of a chemical spill or release. Our hazardous materials team consists of two in-service fire companies with two specialty support vehicles.
Private contractors are used for the cleanup at the property owner's expense.