These two stations can independently identify, mitigate, and perform decontamination at a hazardous materials incident. Station 2’s hazardous materials team carries all of the boom equipment that helps them mitigate a hazardous materials incident that involves waterways. Hazardous materials response is dispatched in the following manner: The following are the response levels for hazardous material incident responses. These materials include, but are not limited to petroleum products, such as gasoline, diesel fuel, fuel oil, oil, aviation fuel, and antifreeze.
Special Duty – Incidents with less than one gallon of petroleum product or antifreeze released, dispatch coverage area Engine, Rescue, or Truck.
Still Alarm – Incidents with one to 25 gallons of petroleum product or antifreeze released, dispatch coverage area Engine, Rescue, or Truck.
HAZMAT Emergency – Those incidents that have over 25 gallons of petroleum product or antifreeze released, require the evacuation of persons, have injuries or personnel contamination resulting from the release of hazardous materials, fires involving hazardous materials, and/or have multiple injuries and/or death resulting from the release of hazardous materials. Dispatch a Code 3 response of the nearest area Engine, Rescue, or Truck, HazMat 2 and HazMat 7 and Battalion One or Three. If the call is in a HazMat unit’s territory, also dispatch the next nearest Engine, Rescue, or Truck and notify Fire Car 2, Fire Car 5 and the Minnehaha or Lincoln County Emergency Management Representative
Below are examples of hazardous material incidents, and their required dispatch levels.
Vapor Cloud or Odor Identified: Any report of an identified vapor cloud or odor - Examples of such reports may be the major release and may include the smell of natural gas, propane, chlorine, or ammonia - Dispatch HAZMAT Emergency
Vapor Cloud or Odor-Unidentified: Any report of an unidentified vapor cloud or odor - Examples of such reports may be the presence of a sweet, pungent, unknown or otherwise offensive odor - Includes sewer gas from plugged vent stacks - Dispatch a Still Alarm