Advanced Life Support - Designation for the vehicle used by a Emergency Medical Service (EMS) field supervisor. Cincinnati currently operates 3 ALS units,
Ambulance – Prior to 2011, Cincinnati used this identifier for a vehicle with patient transport capability staffed with Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT’s).
Boat - A water craft used for fire fighting or water rescue responses. Cincinnati has 2 fireboats located at Station 3 and Station 18.
Car - A staff vehicle used by command or support personnel.
Crash Rescue - A specialized unit designed to handle fires and accidents involving aircraft. Crash rescue apparatus carry large amounts of foam in order to extinguish the high intensity fires associated with aircraft fuel. Cincinnati currently staffs a crash unit at Lunken Airfield.
District Chief - A staff vehicle used by a District Chief, there are 4 DC's in Cincinnati.
Decontamination Unit - A specialized unit used at hazardous material incidents for the purpose of decontaminating people who may have been exposed to the hazardous material.
Engine - A fire attack apparatus containing a water supply (tank), attack and supply lines, pump and related equipment. All Cincinnati engine companies have at least one Paramedic on board and are equipped with advanced life support equipment.
Foam - A support unit that transports fire fighting foam and related equipment.
Fuel - A support unit used to refuel apparatus at emergency incidents.
Heavy Rescue - A unit that carries a wide variety of specialized equipment for technical rescue and other incidents. Cincinnati currently runs two heavy rescue companies.
Haz Mat - A unit containing specialized equipment for responding to hazardous material incidents. Cincinnati's haz mat unit is located at Station 14,
Ladder - A fire attack apparatus with an aerial device, ground ladder, forcible entry and ventilation tools.
Medic - Vehicle with patient transport capability staffed with Paramedics. This type of unit has Advanced Life Support (ALS) capability.
Mass Casualty Unit - A specialized unit used at large scale medical response incidents. The unit carries an extensive stock of medical supplies and related items.
Rapid Assistance Team - Ladder truck that responds on all 1 alarm or greater fires in Cincinnati. It is the 3rd due ladder truck, with the primary fireground role of responding in the event of a firefighter emergency.
Rescue - Prior to 2011, Cincinnati used this identifier for their ambulances that were staffed with Paramedics and had Advanced Life Support (ALS) capability.
Squad - Prior to 2011, Cincinnati used this identifier for their heavy rescue companies. A heavy rescue is a unit that carries a wide variety of specialized equipment for technical rescue and other incidents.
Safety Engine - Responds to all 1 alarm or greater fires in Cincinnati. It is the 4th due engine company, with two members staffing Accountability and two members being assigned to assist the RAT truck.
Safety Officer - Responds to 1 alarm or greater fires or other specified incidents, and is responsible for fireground safety.
Trench Trailer - Trailer equiped with shoring materials and other equipment needed for collapse rescue, either structural or trench.
Water Tanker - A vehicle with a large water tank whose primary purpose is transporting water. Cincinnati’s water tanker is located at Lunken Airfield for the purpose of responding to incidents on the runways where there are no hydrants.
Zodiac Boat - Quicky deployable watercraft typically used for rescue operations. Cincinnati currently operates 4 Z-Boats, they are located with HR9, HR14, L17, L23.