Under the Superfund Amendment and Reauthorization Act, the designated emergency response entity must provide for training, response and mitigation for incidents involving hazardous materials. Specially trained firefighters, as a collateral assignment to their regular firefighting duties, make up the Hazardous Materials Response Team.
Longmont Fire has dedicated Fire Station #5 as the HazMat station.
A minimum of two, technician level, trained members are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This affords members of the team to respond quickly with all the necessary tools and equipment to handle the event they have been called out to handle. Hazardous material incidents are classified as low frequency, high risk events. While local resources have a basic level of training in hazardous material response these incidents are resources intensive and require a much higher level of training and certification. The goal of the Hazardous Materials Response Team is to supplement local resources to help minimize the negative impact on quality of life and the environment through containment and mitigation. The Longmont Hazardous Materials Response team has responded to numerous calls outside the city to assist other agencies with complex incidents. The HazMat Response Team has a significant source of revenue through intergovernmental agreements with regional partners and grant funding.
See also, Hazardous Materials OEM