This lakefront suburban county Level B hazmat team operates under the county’s Emergency Management Agency, which in turn operates under the county sheriff’s department. The 16-member hazmat team regularly trains with all the fire departments within Ozaukee County as well as those in adjacent counties.
Since 1985 the Fresno Fire Department has been steadily building out its hazmat team. And for good cause. The 300-square-mile city has more than a half million people exposed to various chemicals moved across two rail lines and four highways that intersect the city. Fresno has a diverse and unique population with hazmat response calls […]
No matter where you are, it seems it’s difficult to attract and retain volunteer firefighters. And get them to sign on for hazmat? Forget about it. Yet, in northeast Ohio a 19-member county-wide hazmat team is getting it done. Part of their success comes from training often and keeping that training fresh. The recently restructured […]
Jacksonville Fire Department uses a multi-layered training approach to keeping its hazardous materials team ready for whatever may come their way. Out of more than 1,500 employees, 70 make up the hazmat team while 160 are trained to the hazmat tech level. The team trains within the stations daily on various drills or pre-incident plans, […]
In the country’s third largest state with major shipping ports, oil production and railways, hazmat teams don’t have the luxury of just protecting their own backyard. The South San Joaquin County Fire Authority Type 2 Hazardous Materials Response Team responds to hazmat emergencies both locally and throughout the state of California as one of 12 […]
Nearly 20 years old, the Kalamazoo County HazMat Team protects Southwestern Michigan. Spread across their 580 square miles, lives more than 265,000 residents. Purportedly Kalamazoo means “the mirage or reflecting river,” which is appropriate give that the county has 19 square miles of water — the Kalamazoo River has posed hazmat threat. In 2010 the […]
Low call-volume fire departments need to share resources to provide all the response capabilities necessary. And that’s especially true when it comes to hazmat. Roughly 40 miles northwest of Chicago on the outskirts of Elgin, Illinois is the Pingree Grove and Countryside Fire Protection District. This combination department with eight full-time staffers and 41 part-time […]