The Capital City Fire/Rescue Water Rescue Team was organized to maximize the chance of survival of any victim within the City and Borough of Juneau who is submerged in water (including lakes, ponds, rivers, etc.) Capital City Fire/Rescue Water Rescue Team works closely with SEAS on water rescue calls which require dive rescue assistance.
A rescue team was organized within CCF/R to provide technical rescue services within the City and Borough to areas adjacent to the road system and on glaciers. Rescues outside of the City and Borough and in the back country will remain the responsibility of the Alaska State Troopers.
The Rescue Team is comprised of CCF/R career and volunteer personnel who have been selected by the team and have received special rescue training. Members of the team are required to practice and perform the required skills at regular intervals to ensure competency as Rescue Team Members.
Examples of situations that the Rescue Team responds to:
Capital City Fire/Rescue officially began providing Air Medevac services to surrounding communities in 1990. Prior to 1990, emergency patients from logging camps, fishing camps, and other remote locations were sent to Juneau via float plane or helicopter with little or no EMS care.
Recognizing this gap in the emergency medical services system, personnel at Bartlett Regional Hospital, Capital City Fire/Rescue, and Temsco Helicopters developed an Air Medevac service designed to serve communities, logging camps, fishing camps, and other remote locations within a 150 mile radius of Juneau.
Since it's inception, The Air Medevac Program has trained paramedics, EMT III's with at least two years of supervised field experience, and EMT II's. Equipment has grow from a defibrillator and simple medical kit to in-flight monitoring equipment, infusion pumps, increased communications, survival equipment, specially designed litters that meet FAA regulations for transporting patients, as well as an increase in training to suit the needs of the wide range of patients encountered during extended transport.
Hazardous Materials Team
The Hazardous Materials Team consists of Career and Volunteer members. We operate at the Level A response for hazardous material calls. Our members are operations and technician level qualified. The primary function of the Hazardous Materials Response Team is to supply the department with technical expertise, knowledge, skills and abilities during hazardous materials and weapons of mass destruction incidents. Capital City Fire Rescue participates as part of a statewide hazardous materials response system that can be requested through the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) whenever hazard mitigation, technical assistance or advice is needed. Through an agreement with DEC, Capital City Fire Rescue Hazardous Materials Team serves as the primary Regional Response Team for Southeast Alaska and surrounding localities.