HIT Squad 5 is quartered at Station 51. The HIT is a 2007 Pierce Arrow XT walk-in heavy rescue. Prior to 2007, the HIT was a jump company, cross-staffed with Tower 51. Currently, department staffing allows 3 FF/PM-Hazmat Techs and 1 Lieutenant to staff the rig, however, if manning is needed elsewhere, HIT 5 will drop to a driver and officer if needed.
The HIT runs citywide on gas leaks, fuel spills and all haz-mat calls, except CO. Any carbon monoxide call is initially a local still, unless there is reported illness, then HIT is dispatched as well. The HIT is also available for mutual aid, and frequently responds out of Riverwoods to the rest of River County.
HIT Squad 5 carries a wide array of non-sparking tools, air bags, plugging and patching equipment, absorbents, neutralizing materials, a decon tent and a rapid deploy decon system, class "D" extinguishing agents, purple "K" foam, miscellaneous level "A, ""B," and "C" garments, and bio-hazard equipment. Additional equipment and decontamination options for larger incidents are located at Stations 52 (haz-mat engine, support box truck) and 55 (decon rig).