Montgomery County Special Operations is composed of three teams, overseen by the Division of Emergency Management and staffed by part-time paid responders and volunteers. Each team supports and supplements the operations of municipal police, fire, and EMS agencies throughout Montgomery County.
Interested in learning more about a team or becoming a member? Contact Assistant Director for Emergency Management Operations Bill Messerschmidt at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
The Montgomery County Hazardous Materials Response Team is capable of detecting and identifying chemical, biological, and radiological materials. In addition, the team is equipped to perform Level B and A entries and technical decontamination, mitigate large spills, and conduct atmospheric monitoring, plume modeling, and facility planning.
The Montgomery County Incident Support Team provides technical assistance and incident management for large-scale operations. The IST focuses on gathering enhanced situational awareness and creating a common operating picture for the Incident Commander. The team is composed of senior-level chief officers and tenured personnel from the following disciplines: law enforcement, fire service, EMS, public works, and emergency management. All members have experience managing complex events and emergencies and are trained to the ICS-400 level or higher.
The Montgomery County Urban Search and Rescue Team provides specialized assistance with structural collapse (breaching/breaking, shoring), technical search (visual, acoustic, & wide area), heavy lifting, trench rescue, confined space rescue, specialized rope rescue, and flood/swift water incidents.