• Special Operations Overview

    A brief overview of the history and workings of the Special Operations division of the Department of Fire Services.
  • Apparatus and Equipment

    Special Operations apparatus and equipment are available to assist at a variety of incidents across the Commonwealth. Here you will find detailed information on each resource including its capabilities and specs.
  • Activation of Resources

    The Department of Fire Services Special Operations team can be activated 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information on how to activate Special Ops resources, please click the link above.

  • Recent Activations

    Find out how communities across the Commonwealth are utilizing Special Ops resources. From fire scenes to supporting missing person searches, our Special Operations teams can be activated 24/7 to provide support at a wide range of situations.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Here are some answers to frequently asked questions regarding Special Operations including: Do we get billed if we use the ISU, IST or Rehab bus? Who can call for an immediate response of any of the vehicles? And, how long does it take to get the vehicle(s) on scene?
  • Response Teams and District Maps

    Find out about how teams operate and respond to different incidents. Large maps are provided to show regional response teams and fire districts.

  • Firefighter Rehabilitation

    Resources for firefighter rehab including wind chill and heat indices, and DFS PowerPoint presentation on rehab. More resources to come.