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Intervention Services
Fire Suppression Emergency Medical Services Technical Rescue Team Wildland Firefighting


Overview
The Division of Intervention Services continues to be the “Bread and Butter” of what Avondale Fire & Medical does best: Providing Quality Service to Our Growing Community. Included in Intervention Services are several Sections that encompass a wide range of service delivery. 

Intervention Services involves primarily emergency response. AF & M participates in a valley wide automatic aid agreement, which consists of 19 different municipal fire departments and fire districts. Emergency units are dispatched with a Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system utilizing satellites and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) to locate apparatus in real time. Apparatus are dispatched based on location to incident, regardless of the municipality. It is quite common to see fire trucks from neighboring cities responding to emergency calls.  

AF & M has adopted the Phoenix Fire Department’s Operation’s Manual – Volume 2 as its standard operating procedures for Intervention Services. By adopting these standard operating procedures, continuity in operational logistics, communication, tactics, and strategies are maintained throughout the automatic aid system. 

Mobile Home FireFire Suppression
Fires represent a low occurrence but high consequence event for most departments, including ours. While actual fires represent a small portion of the total calls received by Avondale Fire & Medical, they continue to represent the greatest threat to the safety of both the citizens and our firefighters. The department is taking a pro-active approach and exploring every alternative possible, including a requirement for residential fire sprinklers, to reduce the number of fires occurring in the community and the risks associated with those fires. Avondale Fire & Medical units may be called to any fire including trash, vehicle, or vegetation fires to large structural fires involving hazardous materials.

Avondale Fire & Medical uses the latest technological advances in suppressing fires. Thermal imaging cameras, which see light waves in the infrared spectrum, are used to see through smoke and darkness for locating possible victims or hidden fires. All front-line engines are equipped with Compressed Air Foam Systems (CAFS), which produce foams for fighting fires. Firefighting foams have been proven to more efficiently extinguish fires by absorbing more heat than an equal volume of water. This reduces the amount of water needed to extinguish a fire. The result is quicker fire control and a potential reduction in property loss. 

Avondale Fire & Medical also believes in aggressive interior fire attacks where appropriate. This tactic involves fighting a fire from the inside out, resulting in quicker fire knock down and rescue of occupants.

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Emergency Medical ServicesEmergency Medical Services
Over 80% of the calls for service for Avondale Fire & Medical are for emergency medical service. These calls may include heart attacks, vehicle accidents, difficulty breathing, strokes, seizures, and many other types of injuries or illnesses. This percentage is consistent with nationwide averages and is expected to continue in the future. The department provides advanced life support (paramedic) first response on every engine company. Southwest Ambulance provides patient transport through a Certificate of Need. All shift personnel must be certified emergency medical technicians and over 2/3 are certified paramedics. A minimum of two paramedics are assigned to each engine company on each shift. The latest technologies and equipment are available to Avondale Fire-Rescue personnel in order to provide the most definitive medical care possible in the field setting. This includes anything from Zoll 12 lead heart monitors to over 34 medications that can be administered. One Southwest ALS ambulance is dedicated to service within Avondale with three other units immediately available within the Avondale/Goodyear/Tolleson area. The city is reimbursed for ALS services should our paramedic need to assist in patient transport to the hospital.

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Techincal Rescue TeamTechnical Rescue Team
Squad 172 operates as one of seven technical rescue team (TRT) engines in the automatic aid system. Personnel certified as technical rescue technicians must complete a rigorous 4-week training program conducted by Phoenix Fire Department. Technicians are qualified in the areas of high angle, confined space, trench, swift water, and structural collapse. A minimum of two qualified technicians, optimally three, are assigned to Squad 172 each shift.

Since adding this capability, our personnel have responded to a variety of rescue situations throughout the valley in addition to an increasing number of incidents in Estrella Regional Park and the west side of the valley.

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The Fire Line

Wildland Firefighting
Since the Rodeo-Chediski fire in 2002, Avondale Fire & Medical has assembled a specialized team of firefighters who are certified through the State of Arizona as Wildland Firefighters. In 2002, the Avondale team provided EMS and fire suppression support to the LakeWildland Firefightingside Fire Department since their resources were stretched thin during the Rodeo-Chediski fire. In 2005, Avondale Fire & Medical deployed firefighters to help in the containment of the 248,310 acre Cave Creek Complex Fire.

The certification requires a yearly refresher for each firefighter in both didactic and physical aptitude. Thirteen firefighters comprise the Avondale call-out list and are available for deployment at a moment’s notice should the State of Arizona request their assistance in the event of a major wildland fire. Avondale Fire & Medical also plans to obtain a Type 3 Engine in the future as funds become available. This apparatus could accompany the wildland team to any fire in the nation should the resources be requested.

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