|The Special Operations Division|
This unit consists of members of ages 18 to retirement along with 6 specialized vehicles, 2 Trailers, and various other equipment. Part of their job is to assist Public Safety in emergency situations where manpower is limited. When a storm hits, trees and wires frequently come down all over the town presenting traffic situations with blocked streets and safety issues. This situation develops rapidly, and many times, ferociously. During these situations the Police and Fire Department quickly become overwhelmed with high volume of calls and need our members to fill the void of staffing and create a safe environment for the village while additional resources become available. These situations can sometimes cause power outages; we are equipped to provide generators for items like powering traffic lights, assisting homeowners with power for medical equipment like oxygen concentrators and many varied needs.
This unit can also provide resources for emergency or special planned events. Examples of this would be Mass casualty events, fires, building collapses, or evacuations. We also have an all-terrain vehicle that can assist with areas of high pedestrian traffic or where access is impossible with an ambulance (such as Ridgewood High School football games or large gatherings downtown).
We also have specialized units that include: