The Hoover Fire Department has the ability to respond to any type of special rescue emergency including trench rescue, structural collapse incidents , high angle rope rescue, confined space incidents , vehicle extrication, and surface water rescues.
Hoover Fire Station #4 located on Municipal Drive is the designated technical rescue station. Members assigned to Station #4 are required to be trained to the technician level in all of the various specialized rescue disciplines. In addition, many members throughout the department are trained to the technician level in one or more rescue disciplines. Technical Rescue 4 is housed at Station #4 along with a full compliment of specialized rescue equipment.
The Hoover Fire Department is also home to Alabama Heavy Rescue 5. This 42 member team is part of the Alabama Mutual Aid System (AMAS) and may be called upon to respond to major disasters anywhere in the State or region. ALHR-5 was deployed to Waveland, MS in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and spent 8 days assisting with search and rescue efforts in that community. More recently, our Heavy Rescue Team was dispatched to the city of Cullman, Alabama to assist in search and rescue efforts after the area was struck by a devastating tornado on April 27th, 2011.