Special Operations Bureau
This bureau oversees the specialty teams and Honor Guard.
Specialized Teams include a Marine Response Team, which conducts underwater
search and recovery operations and deploys personal water craft for rapid
rescue response, and a Technical Rescue Team, which is responsible for
high-rise and confined-space rescues such as building collapse, cave-in,
trench rescue, urban search and rescue. Other responsibilities include
response to hazardous materials conditions to stabilize the incident
with help from the Pinellas County Hazardous Materials Team.
EMS personnel also belong to the specialty teams, such as the
Special Events Team, which provides medical standby at special
events, and a medical Special Operations Rescue Team, which works
in conjunction with the police.
The Department's 15+ Honor Guard performs ceremonious city, state,
and fallen firefighter flag presentations in parades, events, celebrations,