Special Operations

The Edina Fire Department established the Special Operations Program in 1998. A Special Operations Team (SOT) manages the entire program for the City.
Members of the team are specially trained and equipped to respond to many different types of technical rescues. In 2004, the Edina Fire Department became part of the Minnesota Task Force One (MN-TF 1), the State of Minnesota Structural Collapse Team, which responds to statewide structural collapse emergencies.

SOT Mission Statement

To develop a specialized team within the Edina Fire Department that can provide complete emergency response capabilities to the citizens of Edina, the people that commute, work or recreate within its borders, and to provide technical rescue support to our surrounding communities.


Our team is trained to assist in the following areas:
  • Advanced RIT Rescue
  • Confined Space Rescue
  • Elevator Rescue
  • High/Low Level Rope Rescue
  • Structural Collapse Rescue
  • Swift-Water/Surface-Water Rescue
  • Trench/Excavation Rescue

What's Unique About Us?

  • Full-Time Department
  • Hazardous Materials Technicians
  • Paramedics Capable of Providing ALS Patient Care in the Hazard Zone
  • Sot Members Available 24 Hours a Day
  • Special Operations Trailer
  • State-of-the-Art Equipment
  • Training Exceeds NFPA Standards