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Citrus County Fire Rescue

Operations

During 2016, the Citrus County Department of Fire Rescue responded to 121 working structure fires, 187 brush fires, 81 vehicle fires, 727 vehicle accidents, and 9557 miscellaneous calls. Including basic life support calls, false alarms, hazardous conditions, and other calls, the Department responded to a total of 10,673 calls for the year.

Operations is responsible for fire suppression, emergency medical services, hazardous materials, water rescue, technical rescues, and disaster response. The Operations section oversees 14 active fire stations that provide these emergency services.

Other duties include: developing fire pre-plans to commercial buildings, inspection of all fire hydrants, and providing a wide range of services to the community including blood-pressure screening, tours of firehouses and apparatus, and safety presentations within the community.

Above and beyond responding to emergencies, training, and public education to the business and public communities, all firefighters are responsible for cleaning and maintaining their apparatus, equipment, and the station.

Citrus County Fire Rescue

Fire Prevention Section

The Fire Prevention section provides for life and fire safety education, inspection of existing buildings and new construction, and plan review. The section is responsible for reviewing all plans for commercial new construction, interior remodels, and fire sprinkler systems.

Providing fire safety education to the public to minimize the occurrence of fire and train the community in appropriate actions to take when faced with an emergency, is a fire protection strategy particularly important to Fire Rescue.

Citrus County Fire Rescue

Special Operations Team

The Special Operations Teams is a Certified Type ll Regional Response Team for the State of Florida. It is able to engage at the highest level of HAZMAT response and actively acts as liaison between the Fire Rescue Service and other involved agencies on hazardous materials incidents.

The members of the Citrus County Hazardous Materials Type II regional response team are utilized as a State resource. CBRNE Hazardous Materials Response Team are a regional response team that has additional technical Chemical, Biological, Radiological/Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) assessment capabilities intended to be capable of mitigating most Hazmat incidents without outside assistance at a large or prolonged incident. As a State resource, our team can be deploy throughout the region, State, or out of State. We must be able to coordinate our actions in an emergency using an interface that facilitates communications between incompatible devices.

Acquiring advanced training is high on the team's agenda. The team works to stay abreast of the latest technologies, acquiring and putting into service high-tech air monitoring devices, spill and leak mitigation tools, and personal protective clothing. The team also monitors the latest trends in HAZMAT response such as Bio-Terrorism, which now is a highly perceived threat.

Members of the team are concerned about keeping up with and even trying to stay ahead of any trend or activity that poses a threat to the safety of Citrus County Citizens or the Environment.

Citrus County Fire Rescue

Hazardous Materials Team

The Hazardous Materials Team is a Certified Type l Regional Response Team for the State of Florida identified as HM4-C in the State Regional Response system. It is able to engage at the highest level of HAZMAT/WMD response and actively acts as liaison between the Fire Rescue Service and other involved agencies on hazardous materials incidents. HM4-C also has the training and capabilities to conduct Mass Decontamination on large scale events.

The members of the Citrus County Hazardous Materials Type I regional response team are utilized as a State resource. CBRNE Hazardous Materials Response Team are a regional response team that has additional technical Chemical, Biological, Radiological/Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) assessment capabilities intended to be capable of mitigating most Hazmat incidents without outside assistance at a large or prolonged incident. As a State resource, our team can be deployed throughout the region, State, or out of State. We must be able to coordinate our actions in an emergency using an interface that facilitates communications between incompatible devices, as well as, provide educated and experienced Technicians to other agencies during large scale incidents.

Acquiring advanced training is high on the team's agenda. The team works to stay abreast of the latest technologies, acquiring and putting into service high-tech monitoring devices, spill and leak mitigation tools, and personal protective clothing. The team also monitors the latest trends in HAZMAT response such as Bio-Terrorism, which now is a highly perceived threat.

TRT 417 - USAR Team

Citrus County Fire Rescue special operations unit has a State Sponsored Urban Search and Rescue - Type 2 Light Technical Rescue Team "LTRT 417". This team consists of specially trained firefighter team members covering USAR incidents for our county and also surrounding departments. LTRT 417 has 21 field staff personnel, 5 administrative command staff, logistical support, equipment and apparatus to successfully cover any high angle rope, confined space, structural collapse, wide area search, trench collapse, or vehicle and machinery type rescue within our surrounding area. Our team is also required to be prepared with at least 6 on duty team members every day, if requested by the State, to assist with a major disaster event in Florida. USAR staff members are also full time firefighters covering daily fire, EMS, and brush fire operations, while also prepared to respond to a special operations incident.

These department personnel have been trained to a national NFPA 1670 operational standard, with some also receiving specialized training in other technical level disciplines. Other disciplines include water rescue, structural tower rescue, large animal rescue, and air rescue operations.

TRT 417 team members also work in unison with the Citrus County SMART team who also have combined training in law enforcement and USAR skills, Citrus Regional Hazmat Team HM-4C, Citrus County Animal Control for large animal rescue...as well as the Fire Rescue Departments of Sumter County and The Villages, creating an incredible team of responders who can effectively cover most any large scale weather disaster or specialized incident quickly while waiting for additional State Task Force support if needed.

More unique operational duties of your Citrus Sheriff USAR Team include wide area search of major woodland or disaster zones after a tornado, flooding, or a hurricane as well as large radio, structural tower, bridge, and power tower rescues of workers and victims from heights as much as 500 to 1500 feet.

Currently TRT 417's base of operations is Station 7.

Station 7 is the home of “Rescue 7”... a specialized Rescue Pumper operating as front line fire engine as well as a USAR toolbox hauling heavy rescue equipment.

This unit and its staff are also considered the Rapid Intervention Team or “RIT” used to secure firefighter rescue operations at large residential and commercial structure fires. This responsibility is covered by Rescue 7 staff due to the training, equipment, and similarity to USAR incidents.

Station 7 also houses “Tech 7”... a heavy duty F550 hauler to support additional shoring and heavy extrication calls, as well as "Shoring 7", a 25 ft enclosed trailer full of wood and building materials capable of mitigating a trench rescue or shoring support of a structural collapse.

“Utility 7” is an all terrain 4 wheel ATV, used to transport staff, support cave and wilderness rescues, and EMS patient transport out of inaccessible areas within our county forest and swamp areas.

TRT – USAR Training

Unified refresher training and testing is consistently done on an annual basis for all team members and supporting departments, with practical hands on scenario’s completed each month to maintain response readiness. Full records and documented skills are maintained to assure our team is prepared.

TRT 417 certified team instructors also conduct specialized Urban Search and Rescue NFPA 1670 FLUSAR certification classes. This is completed in the "Disaster City" portion of the Citrus County Fire Training Center. Most of the team members have been certified right here in Citrus County over the past 5 years. The USAR training field has been provided numerous props such as concrete slabs, large drainage pipe, housing debris, shoring wood and damaged vehicles...all from community supporters which help assist and elevate our level of training. Without these donations, TRT 417 would be at a loss in realistic training, and we greatly appreciate the support.