In addition to fighting fires, the SIM responds to a number of emergencies that require specialized training and equipment. The four types of specialized teams are:
Emergencies involving hazardous materials
The hazardous materials team is trained to detect, control, limit and stabilize spills or leaks of dangerous materials.
Heavy rescue teams are specialized in three types of rescue: confined spaces, structural collapse, excavation and trench rescue.
High-angle rescue team
This team of firefighters is called in for backup when victims cannot be evacuated using conventional methods.
Water/ice rescue team
Water and ice rescue teams have a mission to rescue any person in distress on a body of water.