Hilton Head Island
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Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue has two Special Operations Teams - South Carolina Task Force 4 (SCTF-4) and South Carolina Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Team 4 (SCHM-4).
The Technical Rescue Team (SCTF-4) provides rescue, recovery, and disaster assistance at various types of incidents. These incidents may involve collapsed buildings, trench collapse, confined space rescue, high angle rescue, heavy vehicle or machinery entrapment, large area search, and flood water evacuation and rescue.
As part of the State of SC Emergency Response Task Force, the team serves as one of the five SC Regional Urban Search & Rescue Response Teams and is subject to deployment anywhere in the state through Firefighter Mobilization.
The team is comprised of fifty firefighters from Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue and Bluffton Township Fire District and is available for emergency responses within both jurisdictions on an around the clock basis, every day of the year. Additionally, the team provides technical rescue response to the City of Hardeeville, the Town of Ridgeland, and Jasper County through mutual aid agreements.
The Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Team (HMERT) responds to emergency calls involving the release of hazardous materials or to test chemicals to determine the risk posed to the community.
The HMERT is comprised of firefighters from Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue and Bluffton Township Fire District. The HMERT provides hazardous materials response coverage to the City of Hardeeville, the Town of Ridgeland, and Jasper County through mutual aid agreements.
Team members attend monthly HMERT Training while both on duty and off duty throughout the year.