Training keeps busy hazmat team sharp

Jacksonville Fire Department Hazardous Materials

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, and weekly as a team. They have quarterly full-scale exercises that are a culmination of the previous quarter’s training skills. And they train jointly with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad, 44th Civil Support Team, FBI and surrounding hazmat teams.

Fifty-eight of the city’s 61 stations house an engine, ladder, rescue (ambulance) and hazmat company. Station 21 also houses Fire 9, a district chief who functions as Hazmat Branch at complex scenes.

In addition to covering Jacksonville’s 950,000 residents, spread across 840 square miles, the hazmat team covers several neighboring counties — adding another 125,000 to their jurisdiction. They can expect to run 700 hazmat incidents each year.

The team has responded to high-profile incidents, including an explosion involving radioactive krypton gas at a local facility, as well as a massive, multiple-alarm fire with multiple explosions at a fuel additive plant.

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  • Name

    Jacksonville Fire Department Hazardous Materials

  • Location

    Jacksonville, FL

  • Team Founded

    1977

  • Coverage

    City of Jacksonville and surrounding counties

  • Members

    70

  • Training Level

    Hazardous Materials Technician (160 hours)

  • Training Frequency

    Daily by station, Weekly as a team

  • Major Equipment

    Two 2,500-gallon tankers of Mil-Spec foam, 2000 gpm hydrochem cannon, 4000 gpm foam and dry chemical cannon, 38-foot trailer for command and staffing at disasters or remote scenes, 24- and 53-foot decon trailers, 70-foot marine unit with CBRNE capabilities

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Name:

Jacksonville Fire Department Hazardous Materials

Location:

Jacksonville, FL

Team Founded:

1977

Coverage:

City of Jacksonville and surrounding counties

Members:

70

Training Level:

Hazardous Materials Technician (160 hours)

Training Frequency:

Daily by station, Weekly as a team

Major Equipment:

Two 2,500-gallon tankers of Mil-Spec foam, 2000 gpm hydrochem cannon, 4000 gpm foam and dry chemical cannon, 38-foot trailer for command and staffing at disasters or remote scenes, 24- and 53-foot decon trailers, 70-foot marine unit with CBRNE capabilities
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