HMN- HAZMATTERS: Green Bay Metro Fire Department & Brown County Hazardous Materials Response Team.
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The Brown County Hazardous Materials Response Team was established in 1989 to provide specialized emergency response capabilities within Brown County and surrounding parts of Wisconsin.
The Hazmat Team is prepared to mitigate emergencies involving a vast range of hazardous materials such as industrial chemicals, petroleum fuels, radioactive chemicals, unknowns and illicit drug labs. In fact, a speci c contract with Kewaunee County provides for Brown County Hazmat Team response to potential nuclear power plant incidents. Because of the range of potential materials, team members train on a diverse variety of response scenarios, protective equipment, detectors and mitigation tools.
The Hazmat team has been part of a Wisconsin-wide system. Through the years, Brown County Hazmat has been partnered with teams from Appleton, Oshkosh and Marinette to provide regional and statewide response. The most signi cant regional event was the Weyauwega propane rail car incident in 1996.
Significant change was seen following the terrorist attacks in 2001. Within the area, numerous white powder incidents required Hazmat team response. Furthermore, increase focus on weapon of mass destruction attack on Lambeau Field led to increase capabilities for detectors and mass decontamination capabilities. Numerous members from GBFD have been Hazmat team members through the years. Other team members have been from Ashwaubenon Public Safety, DePere, Hobart, Howard and Lawrence Fire Departments.
Contributed by Engineer David Siegel
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