Some of Richmond’s firefighters are assigned to specialized rescue teams. Team members are trained in the delivery of specialized rescue services including: water, high angle rope, confined space, and hazardous materials response.
Richmond is an island city, with over 30 miles of Fraser River waterfront where many water-related business and recreational activities occur.
Richmond’s firefighters are certified in swift water surface rescue and are equipped to respond from the foreshore to emergencies like boating mishaps, stranded persons requiring rescue and motor vehicle incidents involving water areas. We work with and are able to assist the Canadian Coast Guard and RCMP.
High Angle Rope
Richmond has many high rise buildings with interior shafts and workers who build or maintain the exterior of these buildings. Richmond has other types of elevated structures such as towers, cranes, and bridges where persons may also find themselves working and in difficulty.
Our firefighters are trained in rope rescue and can use their skills to reach persons in difficult locations, provide them with stabilizing medical assistance, and remove them to safety for further care.
There are situations where people may become trapped in a confined space and in need of rescue. Our firefighters are trained and equipped for confined space rescue from places like storage tanks, silos, sewers, and vessels.
Hazardous Material Response
Richmond firefighters are trained and equipped to respond to hazardous material spills. They are dispatched for spill containment on chemical leaks, motor vehicle related oil spills, or gas leaks.
Firefighters assist the RCMP with drug-related hazardous materials removal, decontamination, and are ready to deploy in case of fire or need for rescue. We are also capable of assisting BC Ambulance with mass casualty decontamination of patients before their admission to the hospital.