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Dive Rescue and Recovery
The City of Gulfport has many rivers, lakes, ponds, tributaries, and is bordered to the south by the Gulf of Mexico.
Gulfport Dive Rescue and Recovery Team is a special operations unit of the Gulfport Fire Department. The Dive Team consists of 16 personnel trained to at least the level of Dive Rescue 1, and has a support team of non divers that perform such duties as boat operations, line tending, on scene record keeping, and any other related activities.
The Gulfport Dive Teams responsibilities range from under water rescue and recovery and any water related incident to assisting the local law enforcement in under water evidence recovery.
The Gulfport Dive Team has two complete sets of dive gear available for quick service, as well as an ocean reef wireless under water communications system. Two 16-foot fiberglass boats provide a base of operations in open water.
Gulfport Fire Department Hazardous Materials Response Team
The City of Gulfport has several areas with the potential for hazardous materials release, whether accidental or intentional.
These areas include the Industrial Seaway, the Port of Gulfport, Gulfport/Biloxi International Airport, Interstate 10, CSX and KCS Railroads, and numerous private businesses' throughout the Gulfport area.
The Gulfport Hazardous Materials Response Team is a special operations unit of the Gulfport Fire Department. The Haz-Mat Team consists of 52 personnel trained to the Hazardous Materials Technician I. All members of the Gulfport Fire Department are trained to the Haz-Mat Awareness level and assist the Haz-Mat Team during an incident.
The Hazardous Materials Response Team was developed in early 1999, and has continued to grow, commiserate with the changing industry.
The Gulfport Hazardous Response Teams responsibilities are to mitigate incidents involving, chemicals, toxins, flammable materials, radiological, and biological agents.
These incidents range from the minor spill, to full scale, multi agency incidents.
The Gulfport Hazardous Materials Response unit is housed in a central location within the city to provide a rapid response to any location in the city, as well as, the 6 coastal counties.
The Gulfport Fire Department is also part of the South Mississippi Regional Response Team.