The Rogers Fire Department's Special Operations Team is
responsible for a coordinated response to hazardous materials, high/low angle
rescue, confined space rescue, water rescue, and collapse rescue incidents.
The team is staffed as a task force, comprised of members specializing in
technical rescue and hazardous materials. The Special Operations Team is
primarily housed at Fire Station 5, utilizing Truck 5, Rescue 5, and Medic 5.
Members formally assigned as part of this team receive an additional monthly
stipend for their time and expertise.
Special Operations Team Roster
Capt. Scot Mason
Capt. Mike Braswell
Capt. Clint Bowen
Capt. Nathan Keck
Capt. Josh Chapman
Capt. Bill Huntington
Cpt. Clint Bowen Station 5, C Platoon
The Special Operations Team is lead by a director who is
responsible for all operations and training of the team.
There are two primary disciplines that make up our team.,
hazardous material rescue/confinement and technical rescue.
Both of these disciplines are lead by subject matter
experts. These experts manage the training and testing
necessary to maintain team skill levels.
Captain Clint Bowen
Firefighter Bill Hellard
Captain Dennis Thurman
Special Operations Team Training
The Special Operations Team drills monthly on various skills.
The entire department also conducts annual training sessions on a variety of
specialized skills designed to support and supplement the Special Operations
All team members are required to achieve a minimum level of
training. These certifications are designed to maximize the versatility of the
Member and the team. Within 18 months of joining Spec Ops, each member must have
completed the following training.
Rope Rescue Technicians
Confined Space Technician
Basic Air Monitoring
Trench Rescue Technician
All Special Ops training is based on an Annual Training Plan that
can be accessed at the top of
Recent accomplishments of the Special Operations Team include:
Completion of 2
Hazardous Materials Technician Classes, brining the total Techs on the SOT
Completion of 2
Swiftwater Rescue I Classes, brining the total Techs on the SOT to 24
Election of 4 new
members in September 2010
subject matter experts to facilitate training and equipment maintenance
Completion of Rope
Technician 1,2, and 3 classes, bringing the total number of Techs to 24
Delivery of our new
Heavy Rescue (Rescue 5)
confined space training
Annual evaluation testing
to retain Spec Ops membership