HMN- This weeks Hazmatters of the week are from the Central Fire Protection District in Santa Cruz, California. Central Fire Protection District responds to emergency and non-emergency hazardous materials incidents. Such incidents could include actual or potential spills, leaks, and exposures to substances that pose a threat to life, health, and/or property. District personnel are certified as Hazardous Materials First Responders and are trained to recognize the potential of a hazardous material incident, placing the safety of the public and emergency responders as our number one priority.
In addition to Hazmat First Responder personnel, the District provides trained personnel to support the Santa Cruz County Hazardous Materials Team. This countywide team was formed in 2001 through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the County of Santa Cruz, the Cities of Scotts Valley, Santa Cruz, Capitola, and Watsonville, as well as California State Parks and UCSC.
The Santa Cruz County Hazardous Materials Team is comprised of highly trained Hazardous Materials Technicians and Specialists. The team represents the following agencies; Santa Cruz City Fire, Scotts Valley Fire, Aptos/La Selva Fire Protection District, Central Fire Protection District and Watsonville Fire.
|About the Team|
|Staffed or On Call?||Fully Staffed (on duty 24/7)|
|Type of on duty staffing||Cross staffed to another apparatus|
|Response Area-Local Only||no|
|Response Area-Regional (multiple jurisdictions)||yes|
|Response Area-Fixed Facility||no|
|Staffed or On Call?||Staffed|
|Number of Team Members (total)||30|
|About the area you serve|
|Hazards in First Due, anything unique?||Lots of cold storage/agriculture in the south county. We also have multiple water treatment plants, 2 hospitals, some light industry, 2 main highways and a rail line.|
|Describe how you train your team members or any special tools:||We are made-up of members from 5-6 different departments and a state university. We meet quarterly and do training for the entire team.|
|Describe your hazmat response units year,make,model and any special features you may have:||2004 Pierce Haz Mat unit and one trailer with extra equipment. We also staff the team with engine crews, so their equipment (engine or truck) will also respond to the scene.|
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