Hazardous Materials Response
Hazardous Materials incidents encompass a wide variety of potential situations including fires, spills, transportation accidents, chemical reactions, explosions and similar events. Every incident presents the potential for exposure to hazardous materials; even the products of combustion of an ordinary fire may present severe hazards to personnel safety.
All firefighters are trained in the basics of hazardous material identification and safety procedures. In addition, Scottsdale Fire Department has a Hazardous Materials Team that is comprised of members with specialized training and equipment.
In the event of a hazardous situation, the HazMat team is dispatched to help evaluate, test, decontaminate and mitigate a wide-range of hazards from unknown powders to broken gas lines. They also work closely with the police department and other federal agencies, such as the FBI and U.S. Postal Service.
Training for HazMat team members includes an intensive 200-hour course along with weekly in-service training to stay up-to-date on the latest trends, safety precautions and potential risks.