Special Operations

The Williamsburg Fire Department, in conjunction with other departments of the surrounding counties, provides trained personnel to support local, state, and federal Special Operations Teams.

The addition of technical rescue specialists to the array of services provided by the Williamsburg Fire Department ensures that we are properly prepared to handle any situation that may arise. If the situation is beyond the scope of our capabilities, we can call on the resources available from other local agencies up to and including Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Urban Search and Rescue Taskforce to provide additional support.

James City County & Williamsburg Technical Rescue Services

Members from both James City County Fire Department and the Williamsburg Fire Department take part in the area's Special Response Team. The team's mission is to mitigate heavy and tactical rescue situations that may arise in the James City County and Williamsburg communities, as well as, aid neighboring communities with their rescue efforts.

Special Response Team in Front of an Overturned TruckSituations Responded to

The team will respond to situations such as:

  • Building Collapse
  • Confined Space
  • High Angle Rescue
  • Trench Rescue


The team is equipped with a wide variety of essential rescue tools, a heavy rescue truck, and a trailer.

Additional Information

For more information regarding the Special Response Team please visit James City County Technical Rescue.