The Southampton Fire Department is a government agency that works to meet the life and properties protection needs of individuals and commercial and industrial clients. It provides fire prevention and rescue services, as well as online information and tips for ice, fire, beach, surfing and swimming pool safety. The department maintains more than 145 staff members and over 20 pieces of emergency response apparatus. It includes the Fire Police Company, which was established in 1950 and is responsible for firemen s protection and traffic and crowd control services. The department utilizes a rapid intervention team to handle various types of structure fires. It additionally conducts training sessions that emphasizes imparting instruction in the areas of rig placement, hose deployment, thedangers of car fires and approach and attack techniques for dumpster fires.