Traditionally firefighters have been known as the “jack-of-all-trades, and master-of-none”. For example, in dealing with building fires, firefighters need to have a basic knowledge of building construction; and while handling vehicle accidents, they need to have a general understanding of the vehicle mechanics and manufacturing. Although this basic knowledge works well for building fires and vehicle accidents, it does not provide the skills necessary to safely and effectively handle specialized situations such as chemical spills, water related emergencies, and building collapse.
In recognition of this, Iona McGregor Fire District has designed, developed, and implemented several specialized teams to handle these incidents. These specialized team members have undergone extensive training in their specific fields.