HAZARDOUS MATERIALS TEAM
Hamilton County Hazardous Materials Team (HAZMAT) was founded in 1986. The HazMat Team has been extensively trained and equipped to respond to the threat and/or deployment of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
The 28 certified hazardous materials members (4 paid members and 22 volunteers )who make up the team (including firefighters, emergency service personnel, emergency management personnel, and chemical facilities employees) are specialists with advanced training in hazardous materials that bring various skills to the team.
Hazmat vehicles often come with a portable lab complete with sinks and fume hoods that allow for the analysis of samples collected on the scene. Essentially a mobile laboratory, this allows early on-site scientific analysis and monitoring to speed up the detection process and allow firefighters and emergency services personnel to provide the correct response for the particular incident.
The HazMat team is operational24/7 and is the posted team for Hamilton County. It is also one of the primary response agencies for the Tennessee Homeland Security District III. The most common types of calls involve acid spills, petroleum product leaks and spills, gasoline spills, chemical spills, chlorine and vapor leaks. The team often works with several local and regional agencies to assist different types of hazardous material emergencies. These multi-jurisdictional agencies work together and have developed an understanding of what each agency's role is in an emergency situation.