The Hazardous Materials Unit, specializes in mitigating and containing hazardous and toxic material.
The primary mission of the unit is to isolate, identify, notify, mitigate, and terminate hazardous incidents. The Unit responds to a wide array of incidents, ranging from industrial accidents, crimes against nature, and terrorist incidents and works closely with local, state, and federal agencies in securing hazardous material incidents. All members of this unit are selected for their skill and ability to effectively operate in extreme, out of the ordinary, incidents. Each member must be certified as a hazardous materials Operations Specialist. This unit also facilitates the formulation and implementation of the department’s hazardous materials policies and operations, in conjunction with city, state and federal environmental agencies.