The Fire Solutions Group has a 24/7 on call emergency response to lead or assist with on-site fire-fighting operations. The response team could be as little as one person providing engineering or technical expertise or a teams of trained fire fighters providing manpower to complete the operation. If desired, our team is capable of taking complete control of an incident including the command post and providing post event report and investigation services.
The Fire Solutions Group Emergency Response Team (ERT) is designed to provide an unparalleled professional response to industrial fire events. The team is outfitted with the best in class equipment and comprised of professional firefighters and fire protection engineers to produce a highly effective and successful unit. In addition to all the basic firefighting courses the members are trained to respond to technical rescue operations, hazardous materials, terrorism, and weapons of mass destruction events. In many cases the members have not only been students of a given class but are instructors that are state and nationally certified.
Our firefighters, picked from metropolitan areas, have an experience levels that are one of the highest in the country, if not the world. An intensive training curriculum that meets national consensus standards (NFPA Standards 1670 and 1006) and federal standards (Department of Homeland Security/ Federal Emergency Management Agency Urban Search and Rescue National Response System Structural Collapse Technician) has been the standard training our members maintain.
The Technical Rescue School training curriculum encompasses all main disciplines of technical rescue operations (with significant emphasis on building collapse, high-angle rope rescue, confined space, water rescue, extrication, and specialized fire ground operations, as well as terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction operations). Students assigned to this schooling receive 240 hours of instruction. Many of the team members are members of New York Task Force 1 of the DHS/FEMA Urban Search and Rescue National Response System. This specialized Unit is one of 28 task forces across the country in the Federal Response Plan. NY TF-1 is certified as a Weapons of Mass Destruction Task Force by DHS/FEMA.
The following is a comprehensive list of the classes that the team has taken and is required to refresh on a scheduled basis:
- Haz-Mat Technician
- ICS – 100- 200 – 300 – 400 – 700 – FEMA E-449 Course
- Certified First Responders – Medical
- Rope Rescue Technician – Basic, Intermediate, Advanced
- High Angle Rope Technician
- Rescue Technician
- Fire Fighter Assist & Search Technician
- Collapse Technician – Void Search & Rescue – Shoring Interior & Exterior
- Trench Technician
- WMD Command Course, Homeland Security
- Advanced Extrication
- Municipal Rescue Diver
Additional schools our members have attended include:
- Homeland Security – WMD Haz-Mat Technician Course – Anniston Alabama – COBRA
- FEMA Radiological Emergency Response – Nevada Nuclear Test Site
- Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings – Energetic Materials Research & Testing Facility – Soccoro, New Mexico