The special operations division encompasses several unique emergency activities, which require additional training and certifications for department personnel. These activities generally include hazardous materials response, dive team response and technical rescue response. All department members are trained to the Haz-Mat Operations level.
Technical Rescue Operations
Several members are trained in technical rescue operations and assigned to the District 7 Regional Technical Rescue Team which is made up of members and equipment from multiple towns within the district. The Auburn Fire Rescue Department supplies a Heavy Rescue and 6 team members. Technical rescue is generally divided into high angle, trench collapse, confined space, and urban collapse rescues. Each type of rescue poses a unique situation and requires additional training, certifications, and equipment.
Regional Dive Team
The department is also a member of the Regional Dive Team. The District 7 Regional Dive Team is made up of members and equipment from the towns of Auburn, Charlton, Douglas, Dudley, Millbury, Oxford, Southbridge, Sturbridge and Webster. The Auburn Fire Rescue Department supplies one dive truck, two boats, 4 certified divers and 5 ground crew/boat operators. The Regional Dive Team has year round capabilities, and hosts a variety of advanced equipment. The team covers over 140 significant sized lakes and ponds, including 3 large rivers within the district. In addition to the Regional Dive Team, all fire department members are trained in basic water and surface ice rescue.