Specialty Teams

At Sound Beach, we do a lot more than just fight fires! As the designated "technical rescue" company for the Town of Greenwich, our members receive additional specialized training in rescue operations. Sound Beach is also home to an extensive cache of rescue equipment ranging from plasma cutters to concrete saws to trench rescue equipment. If you are looking to specialize in rescue operations, click here to learn more about becoming a member!

Below are some of the specialties of the Sound Beach Volunteer Fire Department.

Rope rescue involves the use of static nylon kernmantle ropes, anchoring and belaying devices, friction rappel devices, various devices to utilize mechanical advantage for hauling systems, and other specialized equipment to reach victims and safely recover them. Sound Beach maintains a large cache of rope rescue equipment and trains at various locations across Town.
Rescues involving a collapsed trench are extremely dangerous, technical and time consuming. Trench rescue involves shoring up the sides of a trench, and digging a trapped worker out of a collapsed ditch. SBVFD members train on how to safely and effectively perform rescues involving a collapsed trench. Sound Beach maintains a full cache of lumber and specialized equipment to respond to trench rescue emergencies.
The Sound Beach Dive Team is a group of highly trained public safety divers and surface support personnel that train year round in underwater rescue and recovery operations. The team is equipped with commercial grade diving equipment, including full face masks and underwater communications systems. The team is experienced in diving in black-out type conditions and under the ice during the colder months.
Unfortunately, vehicle collisions are a common occurrence but thankfully they are often minor in nature. When more severe collisions occur, it is sometimes necessary to extricate people trapped within the vehicle so that they can receive the appropriate medical care. SBVFD members train on a regular basis on vehicle and machinery rescue techniques.
Confined space rescue involves the rescue and recovery of victims trapped in a confined space or in a place only accessible through confined spaces, such as underground vaults, storage silos, storage tanks, or sewers. Rescues involving a confined space require advanced rope rescue knowledge and additional training in atmospheric monitoring, patient handling and the use of supplied air breathing systems (SABA).
Swiftwater and flood rescue response requires specialized training and equipment. SBVFD is in the process of developing one of the first swiftwater / flood rescue response teams in the area that can safety and effectively respond to emergencies as the result of flash flooding or other natural disasters.
Collapse rescue involves the location, extrication, and initial medical stabilization of victims trapped in or under a collapsed structure. Collapses can occur as the result of fire, mother nature, accidents or terrorist activity. Before a patient can be removed from a collapse, personnel must first properly "shore" the area to prevent a further collapse.


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