Special Operations are low frequency high risk calls that take a large amount of training. We have to be ready to rescue in all conditions, terrain and situations. Some of these special operations include high angle rescue, ice rescue, confined space rescue, hazardous materials response, swat medic response, bomb response and bike medics. The honor guard is also included in special operations but does not respond to emergencies.
The bike medic is an area we have seen much growth in the past few year. Bikes are often the best way to get around crowded areas. We have found bikes ideal for events such as the fair, summerfest and the Top of Utah Marathon because they are fast and can maneuver through crowds easily and without exhaust. Our bikes are outfitted with similar supplies as the ambulances. Supplies are split between the two members of team to make a complete kit. Kits carry everything from an AED (automatic external defibrillator) to IV's and medications.
Paramedics from the Logan Fire Department have been specially trained to respond with the Police department's SWAT team to emergencies. Their purpose is to provide immediate medical care in a hostile environment.
The Cache Valley Bomb Squad has 5 members that are brought together from 3 different organizations. The organizations are the Logan City Fire Department, Cache County Sheriff's Office and Utah State University Police Department. We are an accredited Bomb Squad that was established in 1983 when the FBI suspected that the Unibomber may be a student at Utah State University. Our Bomb Squad covers Cache County, Box Elder County and Rich County. The budget from the Fire Department helps with training, tools and commodities used on each call. The Bomb Squad responds to an average of 2 incidents per month, these calls deal with anything from suspicious packages to old explosives, and often IED that are found in any of the 3 counties that we cover. The Fire Department also provides us with medical standbys and fire protection on each call in Logan City, which makes our job safer and protects the citizens should problems arise.
Logan City's Hazardous Materials personnel (HazMat) are specially trained to identify and deal with emergency situations involving hazardous materials. There are thousands of new chemicals being produced each year and identifying and dealing with them can be a challenge.
Logan HazMat personnel are part of the Cache County HazMat task force which involves firefighters from every station in the valley. Often times the spill of hazardous materials will injure someone. The ambulances and the hospitals also have to be prepared to deal with patients who have been contaminated. Here you see two paramedics on an actual call as they prepare to treat and transport possible victims.
The Logan Honor Guard was formed as a way for firefighters to show respect and honor. We honor things like our country, soldiers who have returned from serving us in war, special occasions and all too often our brothers and sisters in the fire service who have passed on. Honor Guards from other agencies often join us in events that we untake and we also join them. We would like to give special thanks to our brothers at the Weber County Honor Guard who have helped us many times.
In the picture above Doug Fullmer checks the flag that has just been folded above the casket of a firefighter. There should be no red showing only blue and stars. The tradition is that once this flag is folded above the casket that it will never be unfolded.
Contact Captain Doug Fullmer, the head of the Honor Guard, with any questions: (435) 716-9522.
Technical Rescue includes any rescue that involves specialized training or equipment or training. Some examples are high angle rope rescue, water rescue, ice rescue, structural collapse rescue, trench rescue, heavy extrication and heavy lifting technics. These rescues are low frequency, high-risk rescues that entail careful training and preparation. Logan is part of the Cache Technical Rescue Team which serves all of Cache Valley. The team trains on all rescue topics but has subject matter experts for each type of rescue.
Cache County Technical Rescue team takes part in the Northern Utah Technical Rescue Response Team. This team unites Technical Rescue teams from fire departments as far South as South Davis North to the Idaho border. Teams from throughout this area can be called on in times of crisis to assist each other. This team has set training standards and trains together regularly.
Critical Incident Stress Management
The nature of responding to every 911 medical emergencies unfortunately exposes our responders to some horrific scenes. Occasionally this takes a toll on the emotions of our responders. In order to assist our employees with the stress of these calls, and assist in keeping them emotionally healthy, we have a CISM program. A small group of our responders have been selected to be trained as a peer support group. These employees are trained to conduct stress debriefings within our agency. They also receive training as to when and how to advise a coworker to seek additional counseling or education to keep themselves in a healthy place. Too often emergency responders leave this profession because the impact of this critical incident stress is too great for them and their families. This budget allocation is an attempt to reduce the impact of these calls on our employees through training and education.