Hazardous Materials Response Team

Anaheim Fire & Rescue’s Hazardous Materials Response Team (Hazmat Team) is one of three agencies comprising a county-wide resource to respond to incidents involving a release or potential threat of hazardous materials and wastes that pose a risk to you, our citizens. This includes spills, leaks, abandonment and/or industrial process accidents as well as physical, chemical, biological or radiological hazards in the community. 

Objective of the Team

The primary objective of the Hazardous Materials Response Team is to provide guidance and technical expertise, in the mitigation and removal of hazardous substances. When the emergency incident requires an entry into a hazardous environment, the Hazmat Team members wear special protective clothing to enable a safe entry into the toxic environment. Once at the site of the leak or spill we will use specialized tools and equipment to stop the release and spread of contamination. 

We may also initiate an investigation of hazardous materials incidents. Any spill or unauthorized release involving hazardous material or hazardous waste may require the services of state certified clean-up contractors to ensure the proper removal, handling, transportation and disposal of released materials.

Highly Trained Staff
Anaheim Fire & Rescue’s Hazmat Team is a highly trained unit of Hazardous Materials Technicians and Specialists delivering emergency response staffing 24 hours a day. When an emergency call requires Hazmat Team response,  team members move from their usual assignment to the Hazmat Response Unit. Hazardous Materials Response Team members are also trained in the identification and mitigation of hazardous materials associated with Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE). We are also trained to deal with Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) and clandestine drug laboratories.

Mobile Laboratory
At the incident scene our mobile laboratory carries most anything necessary to analyze and begin mitigation efforts for a hazard. The Anaheim Fire & Rescue Hazmat Team has proudly supplied services in Orange County for over 25 years. The Hazardous Materials Response Team typically responds to: 

Reported hazardous materials spills:
  • Industrial hazardous material incidents
  • Hazardous materials complaints
  • Suspected terrorist incidents
  • Clandestine drug lab sites
  • Tanker truck rollovers
  • Train derailments
  • Orange County Bomb Squad support
  • Joint Hazard Assessment Team (JHAT) operations
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) terrorism incidents
Other Training
Our Hazmat Team members are also trained in evidence collection and integrate well with all branches of the Law Enforcement Community. Most members are also trained as Terrorism Liaison Officers (TLO) through the Orange County Intelligence Assessment Center (OCIAC). 

Equipment Funding
Due to the high cost of equipment used in detecting and analyzing hazards in the environment, most equipment funding is made possible through Anaheim’s Fire & Rescue Budget and numerous Federal Grant opportunities.