AUBURN FIRE-RESCUE DEPARTMENT


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Special Operations

The special operations division encompasses several unique emergency activities, which require additional training and certifications for department personnel. These activities generally include hazardous materials response, dive team response  and technical rescue response.

All department members are trained to the Haz-Mat Operations level.

Several members are trained in technical rescue operations and assigned to the District 7 Regional Technical Rescue Team which is made up of members and equipment from multiple towns within the district. The Auburn Fire Rescue Department supplies a Heavy Rescue and 6 team members. Technical rescue is generally divided into high angle, trench collapse, confined space, and urban collapse rescues. Each type of rescue poses a unique situation and requires additional training, certifications, and equipment.

The department is also a member of the Regional Dive Team. The District 7 Regional Dive Team is made up of members and equipment from the towns of Auburn, Charlton, Douglas, Dudley, Millbury, Oxford, Southbridge, Sturbridge and Webster. The Auburn Fire Rescue Department supplies one dive truck, two boats, 5 certified divers and 5 ground crew/boat operators. The Regional Dive Team has year round capabilities, and hosts a variety of advanced equipment. The team covers over 140 significant sized lakes and ponds, including 3 large rivers within the district. In addition to the Regional Dive Team, all fire department members are trained in basic water and surface ice rescue.



District 7 Regional Dive Team

Regional Dive Team Logo

The Auburn Fire Rescue Department is a member of the District 7 Regional Dive Team. Established in 2010 the team is made up of members and equipment from the towns of Auburn, Charlton, Dudley, Oxford, Southbridge and Sturbridge. The Auburn Fire Rescue Department supplies one dive truck, two boats, four certified public safety divers and five ground crew/boat operators. The Regional Dive Team is comprised of 18 certified Public Safety Divers and 9 certified Tenders/Ground Crew. All of the certified public safety divers are also certified tenders. The team has year round capabilities and hosts a variety of advanced equipment. The team covers over 140 significant sized lakes and ponds, including 3 large rivers in the district. The Chief of Department also serves as an ex-officio member of the Technical Rescue Committee which is the policy setting body for the Regional Dive Team.


Technical Rescue Committee

Chief Stephen M. Coleman Jr., ex-officio- Auburn
Chief Sheri Bemis - Oxford
Chief Charles E. Cloutier Jr. - Charlton
Chief Mark DiFronzo - Southbridge
Chief Matt Belsito, Chairman - Sutton
Deputy Chief Chris Jolda - Webster


Regional Dive Team Members assigned from Auburn

Donald Contois - Team Leader - Tender
Adam LaFlash - Diver/Tender
David Tefft - Diver/Tender
Brian Sheridan - Training Coordinator - Diver/Tender
Troy Arcoutte - Diver/Tender
Joe Caron - Diver/Tender
Brian Prunier - Tender
Jeff Mitchell - Tender
Tess DiDonato - Tender
Paul Wood - Tender


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Training at Camp Gleason
Training in Charlton, MA
Activation in Northbride, MA




CEMLEC

Central Mass Law Enforcement Council Logo

The department participates as part of the Central Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council SWAT Team (CEMLEC SWAT). We have a Paramedic assigned to the SWAT Team that trains and responds on activations. The member has attended the Reserve Intermittent Police Academy and is armed in his duties as a SWAT Medic. The functions of a SWAT Medic are critical in the event that a sworn officer on the team is injured the performance of their duties.

District 7 Regional Technical Rescue Team

Regional Tech Rescue Team Logo

The Auburn Fire Rescue Department is a member of the District 7 Regional Technical Rescue Team. Established in 2011 the team is made up of members and equipment from various communities within the district. The Auburn Fire Rescue Department supplies one heavy rescue and six certified technician and operational level members. The Regional Technical Rescue Team is comprised of 50 members from within District 7. The team has year round capabilities and hosts a variety of advanced equipment. The team covers a number of significant size commercial occupancies that have confined space and technical rescue needs throughout the district. The Chief of Department serves as an ex-officio member of the Technical Rescue Committee which is the policy setting body for the Regional Technical Rescue Team. One of Auburns Firefighter/Paramedics also serves as the Training Coordinator for the Regional Team.


District 7 Technical Rescue Committee

Chief Stephen M. Coleman Jr., ex-officio - Auburn
Chief Sheri Bemis - Oxford
Chief Charles E. Cloutier Jr. - Charlton
Chief Mark DiFronzo - Southbridge
Chief Matt Belsito, Chairman - Sutton
Deputy Chief Chris Jolda - Webster


Technical Rescue Team Members assigned from Auburn

Jon Martin - Training Coordinator
Justin Brigham - Team Leader
Scott Davis
Adam Rivers
Kimberly O'Brien
Ovi Ticlea





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Tech Rescue Training