Specially trained firefighters, in collateral assignments, make up the Wildland Response Team. Wildfire suppression refers to the firefighting tactics used to suppress wildfires. Firefighting efforts in wildland areas requires different techniques, equipment, and training from the more familiar firefighting found in populated areas. Wildfire suppression also addresses the issues of the wildland urban interface, where populated areas border with wildland areas.
Longmont Fire currently has two rapid response vehicles immediately available for service designed to quickly mitigate wildland fires in the early stages of development.
The Wildland Response Team has a significant source of revenue captured through cost recovery for resource deployment which in turn has improved the overall health of the department rolling those funds back into the city through the purchase of vehicles, equipment and personal protective clothing.