The Santa Fe Springs Fire Department's Hazardous Material (HazMat) Team is made up of members from the department's Operations and Environmental Protection Divisions. The team members have all been trained as Hazardous Materials Specialists which requires over 200 hours of initial training to get certified to respond to hazmat incidents. Team members maintain competency by participating in continuing education each month.
The Fire Department meets the equipment standards, as set forth by California FIRESCOPE, as a Type II HazMat Team. These standards include requirements for field testing, air monitoring, sampling, radiation monitoring and detection, chemical protective clothing, decontamination, communication, and respiratory protection.
Hazardous materials incidents vary in complexity and hazard; from small spills of vehicle fluids, paint products, or other household consumer products, to large releases of industrial chemicals that pose a major hazard to life, environment and property. The team also responds to unknown materials that are abandoned, illegally dumped or spilled, as well as intentional acts using hazardous materials meant to terrorize the general public or individuals.