During the 1970s and early 1980s, the occurrence of major hazardous materials incidents nationally focused public attention on the need for the containment of hazardous materials and wastes.
But the need for a hazardous materials response does not exist solely to serve the heavy industry you might think. It covers the needs of gas stations, lawn supply companies, welding shops, computer technology-based businesses, body and paint shops, medical facilities and your home garage.
When Longmont began to address response to these situations, the decision was made to collaborate with other local entities with the same requirements. The outcome of these discussions was a formalized Hazardous Materials Response Team. This means that the team shares equipment, staff, costs and training opportunities.
What this means to the Longmont community is the presence of a specialized team prepared to address accidental spills and releases as well as criminal offenses such as illegal dumping, meth labs and terrorism.
The Longmont Fire Department Hazardous Materials Response Team (LFDHRMT) is made up of firefighters from the Longmont and Lafayette Fire Departments and receives the financial support of the Boulder County Sheriff’s Department. There are 24 team members. Hazardous Materials Team Members receive specialized training and are certified through the State of Colorado, Colorado Division of Fire Safety.
The LFDHMRT responds to incidents in Longmont, Lafayette and unincorporated Boulder County. On average the team responds to approximately 30 incidents per year. Although these incidents are infrequent they can pose a significant risk to the team members, the public and the environment. For this reason our team is highly trained and equipped to reduce the risk to responders and our community.
In an emergency dial 9-1-1.
For more information about emergency preparedness in Longmont, please call the City of Longmont, Office of Emergency Management at (303) 651-8438 or contact us by email.
See also, Hazardous Materials Fire Services