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Technical Response Teams

AHFD responds to calls for service at times that require specialized teams and training both in our City and with our mutual aid partners. These types of incidents include hazardous materials responses, technical rescues and other challenging calls for service. When these situations arise AHFD responds, establishes command, and takes immediate action. Through mutual aid assistance with specialty teams of Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS), the Department can successfully mitigate these incidents. AHFD currently has two (2) personnel who are an active part of MABAS’s 3201 hazardous material team and three (3) additional members who are an active part of MABAS’s 3201 technical rescue team. Each member is required to train at least five (5) times annually in addition to their yearly fire and EMS training. The department has regular training for swift water rescue situations where firefighters must use cold-water suits and specialized rope systems to rescue victims trapped in freezing waters.

Technical responses may include the following situations:

  • Hazardous Materials Response
  • Structural Collapse Rescue
  • Confined Space Rescue
  • Trench Rescue
  • Rope Rescue
  • Water Rescue


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AHFD's Special Response Vehicle is housed at Station One in downtown Auburn Hills.


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Swiftwater Training in the Clinton River.