Hazardous Materials Team
Purpose, Responsibility & Methodology
Hazmat CrewHazardous Materials is a crucial specialty component to the Elgin Fire Department. The Elgin Fire Department Hazardous Materials Response Team is responsible for the control and mitigation of hazardous materials releases along with the rescue of civilians and safety personnel involved in such events. With the use of specialized equipment and training the team responds to all hazardous materials requests 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The Hazardous Materials Response Team is a under the command of the Director of Special Operations and is responsible for life safety and mitigation at hazardous materials incidents in the City of Elgin. The team’s jurisdiction is the corporate limits of the City of Elgin and properties included in service protection agreements. The team consists of four certified Hazardous Materials Technicians as of March, 2012. Currently there is a Team Leader who oversees all aspects of the Hazardous Materials Team and reports to the Director of Special Operations. The position of Assistant Team Leader evaluates the need, budgets, purchases, and repairs all Hazardous Materials related equipment. The two remaining Hazardous Materials Technicians complete tasks as assigned by the Team Leader. All members of the team respond to assigned incidents. The team response time is under one hour regardless of the time of day, day of the week, or weather conditions.

The Hazardous Materials Team is the is the special response team that is organized to provide rescue services at hazardous materials incidents and to contain and stabilize hazardous material(s) to ensure public safety until such time it is deemed that a hazardous emergency no longer exists. At this time it will be determined if clean up is required and if so the responsible parties will/may be identified to conduct proper clean up and disposal of the materials in a safe and legal manner.

The Elgin Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team routinely works with other organizations to ensure the most efficient and thorough response to an incident. These organizations are local, state, and federally funded. Such organizations include other local fire department and police agencies, MABAS Division 2 Combined Hazardous Materials Response Team, local and federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and similar others.

Qualifications & Continuing Education
Each member of the team must commit to a six year term as a participating member on the team.  Each member of the team must also meet the minimum physical and medical standards for conducting hazardous materials operations, the medical program shall be compliant with the regulatory standards of NFPA 29 CFR 1910.120, 40CFR 311 and the joint OSHA/EPA/NIOSH/US Coast Guard Guidelines, Occupational Safety and Health Guidelines manual for Hazardous Waste Site Activities.

MABAS Standards
LogoAll of the Hazardous Materials Team members are trained to MABAS Division 2 standards in the following areas:               
  • Hazardous Materials Technician A               
  • Hazardous Materials Technician B                  
  • Hazardous Materials Incident Command System                
  • NIMS 300 and 400

Members are also required to maintain certification as a Technician. This requires six operational drills per year. There are many specialized certifications and classes that are offered all over the U.S. in which active members of the team are encouraged to attend.

The Hazardous Materials Team is called upon frequently to provide the citizens of the City of Elgin with their expertise. The team is composed of dedicated professionals with a desire to serve and protect the community of Elgin and all who pass through.

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