Today’s Modern Department
Aurora Fire Department operates out of 9 fire stations strategically located throughout the city. Under the leadership of Fire Chief Gary Krienitz, 195 uniformed personnel provide fire protection for the citizens of Aurora with 12 fire companies. Apparatus includes 9 engines, 3 trucks, and 6 medic units. Additional supporting apparatus for special operations are an airboat, hazmat unit, decon trailer, and an arson investigation unit. Special teams have been created for water rescue and recovery and hazardous materials response. They responded to 19,422 calls in 2019. 81.4% of those were EMS related.
Aurora's hazmat team is located at Central Fire Station, 75 North Broadway Street. Their primary hazmat vehicle is Squad 2 Hazmat/Rescue Squad (Figure 5.12), a 1995 Freightliner Heavy Squad. Rescue 22 is a 2001 Dodge 2500 pick-up hazmat trailer and hazmat decon trailer. Also located at Central Station are Enginel, a 1,500 gpm pumper, Ladder 2, Rescue 1, Medic 1, Water Rescue 23, fireboat, and airboat. Any spill over 5 gallons or less on officers discretion will be handled by hazardous materials response team (HMRT). AFD is a part of Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) Division 13 Larger Team. Mutual aid is available from Naperville or other
Figure 5.12 Aurora's hazmat team is located at Central Fire Station, 75 North Broadway Street. Their primary hazmat vehicle is Squad 2 Hazmat/Rescue Squad.
MABAS Team. According to the Chicago Fire Department, Aurora is the only hazmat team they will call for mutual aid. There are usually 4-6 technicians on duty each shift. The HMRT is not dedicated; it is staffed from personnel from Engine 1 and Truck 2 as needed. There are 26 total technicians citywide.
PPE, Equipment, and Training
Hazmat personal protection equipment (PPE) includes (Level A) St. Gobain One suit Pro, DuPont, Tychem and (Level B) Kapplar; TK respiratory protection if provided with Scott 4.5 SCBA, Scott Positive Pressure Air Purifying Respirators (PAPR) and MSA Millennium Air Purifying Respirators (APR); in-suit communications, Motorola radios, Con-space headsets; monitoring and detection equipment, Draeger Xam-2000 4 gas (13); RAE Systems MiniRAE 3000, PID (2), RAE Systems AreaRAE RDK (1); and Smith's Detection LCD 3.3 (2) and Smith's Detection Hazmat ID 360.
The HMRT conducts monthly training drills, including in-suit training, use of monitors, tabletop drills, and department-wide drills. Four Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) hazmat drills are held each year for all division personnel. Seven members attended Crude by rail training at the TTCI in Pueblo Colorado. In 2014, HMRT worked with the Naperville Fire Department and MABAS Division 16 on a functional exercise that simulated a crude oil train incident and fire.
Computer with WiFi, PEAC, Wiser, NIOSH, ERG, and others (Aurora Fire Department).