Hazardous Materials Team
The mission of the Hazardous Materials (Haz Mat) Team is to protect the public by safely mitigating hazardous materials releases and environmental emergencies. The goals of the program are to coordinate with state and local authorities to prepare for, prevent, respond to, mitigate and determine the responsible party for a wide variety of hazardous materials releases.
The Stockton Fire Department established a formal Haz Mat Team in 1987 to meet the potential hazards posed by the increasing use of toxic and hazardous materials, as required by federal law.
The Hazardous Materials Response Unit (Haz Mat 10) is made up of members from Engine Company 10 and additional members throughout the department. Truck 7 personnel are also trained to at least the Hazardous Materials Technician level and will complement the Haz Mat Team during hazardous materials incidents. Emergency operations are coordinated by the Deputy Chief of Operations and the Haz Mat Chief.
The team is also a member of the San Joaquin County Joint Hazardous Materials Response Team, a pool of hazardous material teams that can be utilized on large-scale incidents county-wide. Other resources available include the San Joaquin County Department of Public Health, Environmental Health, County Office of Emergency Service, and the United States Coast Guard. Currently, the Stockton Fire Department Haz Mat Team is in the process of becoming a State-certified Type 2 Haz Mat team.
To maintain compliance with Cal-OSHA regulations, all certified members must successfully complete a 160-hour Hazardous Materials Technician certification course. Additionally, all personnel certified as Hazardous Materials Specialists attend an additional 80 hours of training. Each year, certified members receive at least 24 hours of continuing education.
Every firefighter recruit academy receives 40 hours of instruction in Hazardous Materials First Responder Awareness/Operational, Decontamination, and Terrorism Consequence Management. Upon completion, recruits are certified to First Responder Operations and Decon.
Haz Mat 10
The Haz Mat Team uses a hazardous materials response vehicle, Haz Mat 10, which serves as a mobile laboratory for analyzing and identifying materials on site. Haz Mat 10 is built on a recreational vehicle platform. This vehicle contains personal protective equipment such as Level A and Level B chemical protective suits and SCBA's for entering hazardous environments containing known or unknown chemicals. In addition, the vehicle has been outfitted with chemical identification and hazard assessment equipment such as gas, radiation, and nerve agent detectors along with a portable weather station and mobile computer database. It also contains supplies for spill control and containment, which minimize the impact of an event on the environment. The unit also carries decontamination equipment and an extensive chemical reference library.
Decon 10 is a support vehicle that responds to incidents such as mass-decontamination events. The vehicle enables the team to utilize a 20-foot decontamination trailer for large scale incidents. The trailer contains multiple inflatable shower units, a portable water heater, tethered air cart, and necessary protective clothing.
The Stockton Fire Hazardous Materials Team is committed to improving their ability to serve the citizens of Stockton. If you would like know more about the Stockton Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team, please contact Stockton Fire Department Administration.
This City of Stockton webpage last reviewed on --- 3/22/2011