The Fire and Rescue Division's most common rescue response is for motor vehicle accidents. The Division is also called upon to handle a wide variety of less-frequent types of rescue situations including industrial accidents, farm accidents, water and ice emergencies, trench collapse, elevator entrapment and high-angle incidents.

Just as Defiance Fire and Rescue Division personnel are dual certified as firefighters and emergency medical technicians, the Division's apparatus is dual equipped for both fire suppression and rescue.

Engines 222 and 223 are equipped with a full set of hydraulic rescue tools, cribbing, air bags, air chisels, saws and assorted hand tools.

Tower 230 is equipped with a full set of rope and hardware for high-angle rescue. Ladder 231 carries a smaller set of rope and hardware.

The Division operates one rescue boat that is operated out of the Central Fire Station.