Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT)
The team's training includes both criminal incidents (such as meth labs) and non-criminal incidents (such as truck accidents) involving dangerous materials and chemicals.
HAZMAT is staffed by one Patrol Deputy. Unit members are assigned to other full-time duties -- but are subject to 24-hour callout for hazardous-materials incidents. The intensive deputy training emphasizes rapid hazard assessment and implementation of appropriate emergency-response procedures -- including safe containment and clean-up of the site.
Our HAZMAT unit also coordinates with state and local agencies -- including the Oregon Emergency Response System (OERS), the Oregon State Health Division, Oregon OSHA, the DEQ, and regional hazardous-materials teams -- as well as public- and private-sector hazardous-material clean-up crews.
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