Underwater Search and Recovery Team
The Underwater Search And Recovery Team was founded in 1990. At this time it was determined that there was a need for such a team and the leg work was put into play to get the necessary training and equipment.
Our Underwater Search and Recovery Team has a total of about 22 members that are trained to at least the advanced level with some trained to the rescue and dive masters level. They have all been trained in Rescue, Crime Scene, Vehicle Recovery, Body Recovery, Surface Supplied Air, and Haz-Mat Diving.
Primary Response Vehicle for our Underwater Search and Recovery Team
Secondary Response Vehicle for our Underwater Search and Recovery Team
Hazardous Materials Team
All members of the Southard Fire Department are trained to respond, in some fashion, to incidents involving hazardous materials (HAZ-MAT) releases. Hazardous Materials response in the state of New Jersey is divided into five levels, covering defensive operations, offensive operations, specialized operations, and command operations. Defensive operations are actions that do not involve responders intentionally coming in contact with a hazardous material. Offensive operations are actions where responders will aggressively enter an established danger zone in order to confine, isolate, or otherwise mitigate an incident. We have members trained in all five areas:
Level I - Haz-Mat Awareness – DEFENSIVE
Level II - Haz-Mat Operations – DEFENSIVE
Level III- Haz-Mat Technician – OFFENSIVE
Level IV - Haz-Mat Specialist – OFFENSIVE,
--- Requiring specialized knowledge of a specific discipline such as Cargo Tank Truck, Railroad Specialists, Radiation Emergencies, COBRA (Chemical, Ordinance, Biological, Radiological), Level "A" Protective Clothing, and Atmospheric Monitoring.
Level V - On Scene Commander – COMMAND,
--- Required for any person that will command a Haz Mat incident
State law requires that all personnel are trained at minimum to Level II, which enables the responder to recognize hazardous materials, and perform defensive protective actions until the situation can be brought under control.
Primary Response Vehicle for Hazardous Materials Response
Primary Response Vehicle for Hazardous Materials Incidents - Specializing in Industrial materials, WMD Incidents
Secondary Response Vehicle for Hazardous Materials Incidents - Specializing in Decon and Medical Monitoring
Secondary Response Vehicle for Hazardous Materials Incidents - Specializing in Chlorine Leaks, and Decon