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Hazardous Materials Response

The mission of the regional hazardous materials response team is to provide specially trained and equipped personnel to assist county fire departments in the mitigation of emergencies caused by the uncontrolled release of hazardous materials. Hazardous materials team works with responding emergency services to:

  • provide technical assistance, in the area of hazardous materials, to all local emergency and public services
  • contain, retard, stop or neutralize the uncontrolled release of hazardous materials that pose an immediate threat to people, property or the environment
  • advise the Incident Commander (IC) of measures to take when an emergency is beyond the scope or capability of the Hazardous Materials Response Team
  • ensure notification of proper agencies or commercial entities responsible for clean up of release
  • conduct drills or training sessions with local fire departments and/ or industrial and/or national defense concerns to familiarize them with operations necessary to mitigate a hazardous materials incident

The Regional Hazardous Materials Response Team has been requested for incidents such as:

  • derailments
  • corporate chemical spills
  • pipeline leaks
  • transportation accidents
  • unknown substance calls



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