Our dive team is composed of nineteen members from all three shifts within Hendersonville Fire. The skill level and training that these nineteen members must maintain each year is unsurpassed. This team has been utilized within our city limits and also used for mutual aid with outside agencies. The dedication and commitment of these nineteen members are unlike any other. The dive team utilizes all up-to-date and some of the newest technology to help them perform as a team. Side scan sonar, handheld sonar (Didson brand), underwater Interspiro communications set, and Interspiro full SCUBA dive gear with the ability to use surface-supplied air. Using all of the mentioned equipment involves extra training and a required skill set for optimal use of this equipment.
Swift Water Rescue
Our swift water team is composed of twenty certified technicians from all three shifts within Hendersonville Fire. The highly skilled team is proficient in rescue, ropes, and rigging for any incident involving swift water. This team is composed of AEMTs as well as Paramedics who can administer aid to team members or civilians. Each member has a suit that is used along with a PFD (personal flotation device), helmet, gloves, and water boots that fit them individually. The dedication and commitment of these twenty members are displayed in yearly training. This team has provided this service not only here in Hendersonville but also in Texas, South Carolina, and other agencies locally.
The Hendersonville Fire Department responds to all Hazardous Materials calls in our city limits. These calls can be generated from homes and businesses, rail traffic, our waterways, and our roadways. We train our firefighters to a minimum of Hazardous Materials Awareness and Hazardous Materials Operations; while most members of our department have attained the next level of certification to Hazardous Materials Technician.
We have received specialized training from institutions and agencies from around the country to prepare us for these types of calls. Some of these include:
Additionally, we would like to mention that one of our members has been selected to be a part of Tennessee Task Force One. Tennessee Task Force One is a FEMA Urban Search and Rescue response team. The team is designed to respond to a variety of disasters, including earthquakes hurricanes, typhoons, storms and tornadoes, floods, dam failures, technological accidents, terrorist activities, and hazardous materials releases where victims may be trapped, lost, or injured. With only four hours' notice, this nationally recognized group can be on its way with 89-90 highly trained members and thousands of dollars worth of specialized tools and equipment to a community in need.