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Regional teams respond to hazardous materials emergency incidents that exceed the resources of local jurisdictions. There are 13 teams across Oregon. They are a technical resource for local incident commanders. Team members are trained to the technician level and are equipped to provide Level A, B, C, and D response. They have received specialized training and equipment through the Department of Homeland Security to prepare them for response to a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) incident. The Teams provide outreach training to local responders and industry to ensure communities are prepared to respond to a hazardous materials incident and create safer communities.
A Hazardous Materials Incident Report is required within ten working days after the incident occurs. Agencies required to report include:
Fire Departments, State HazMat Teams, Law Enforcement, Oregon Department of Transportation, Department of Environmental Quality, any emergency service or state agency
Filing a Report
For reporting purposes, a hazardous materials incident is defined as the threatened or actual injury to a human, wildlife, domestic animal or the environment, or any property loss resulting from a hazardous substance release.
There are three exceptions. A report is not required for:
We provide cost recovery for response to incidents meeting the state response criteria. We also will pursue collection of the actual response cost from the responsible party. If there is no responsible party, or if we are unable to collect, actual costs are reimbursed by the program's revolving fund.
Each team member is provided a customized emergency response vehicle. The original vehicle configuration is being phased out over seven biennium’s and replaced with a modified 36 foot trailer and two-ton tow vehicle. New vehicle packages include a smaller trailer and Suburban to be used for recon or bringing additional supplies to a scene. We provide each of the teams with Level "A", "B", and "C" Personal Protective Equipment, a computer system, communications equipment, monitoring, and detection equipment as well as a variety of materials used for mitigation and containment. Most of the equipment received by each team is standardized so that all teams are familiar with the available resources to support each other.
Guidelines assist hazardous materials responders with safe, effective, and efficient emergency response to hazardous materials incidents statewide.
Within the structure of these guidelines, emergency response team personnel must exercise common sense and professional judgment to achieve safe, effective, and efficient mitigation of incidents involving hazardous materials.
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SOG-T001 ReservedSOG-T002 Decision to Respond to Emergency Hazardous Materials IncidentsSOG-T003 Levels of Response to Hazardous Materials IncidentsSOG-T004 General Response GuidelinesSOG-T005 Mitigation MethodsSOG-T006 Decontamination ProceduresSOG-T007 Reconnaissance ProceduresSOG-T008 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)SOG-T009 Dispute ResolutionSOG-T010 Safety ProgramSOG-T011 Incident Readiness/Vehicle and Equipment MaintenanceSOG-T012 Equipment Testing and OperationsSOG-T013 Contractor InspectionsSOG-T014 Reimbursed Training, Seminars and Conference GuidelinesSOG-T015 Medical SurveillanceSOG-T016 Response to Drug LabsSOG-T017 Incident Documentation/Cost RecoverySOG-T018 Post Training EvaluationSOG-T019 State Owned Computer EquipmentSOG-T020 Communications in Remote Areas via FireNetSOG-T021 Level A and B PPE AcquisitionSOG-T022 HazMat Branch Operational System DescriptionSOG-T023 Grounding and BondingSOG-T024 Driver Training GuidelinesSOG-T025 Training/CertificationSOG-T026 Response to Radiation IncidentsSOG-T027 Hazardous Materials Response Teams OutreachSOG-T030 Damage or Loss of State Property - Fleet Crash/Damage Notification Form
The local first responder, (fire or police), will arrive on scene and size up the incident. If it is determined the incident is beyond their level of training and equipment, the Incident Commander will request a team through the Oregon Emergency Response System (OERS) at 1-800-452-0311. OERS will make the notification to the OSFM Duty Officer and other appropriate agencies. Many fire departments have developed close working relationships with their regional teams and may contact them directly to request a response. Even if they contact the team directly, the local responder will still need to contact OERS so that other appropriate notifications are made. All teams are authorized to respond to incidents meeting state response criteria without authorization from the OSFM Duty Officer. When a Regional Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Team arrives on scene, their job is to provide technical resources to the incident commander. The local first responder retains incident command. If the incident is large enough to require a unified command, the team leader becomes a part of that structure. The regional teams are responsible for mitigating and containing the incident. They don’t become involved in cleanup operations. Once the situation is stable the Department of Environmental Quality is responsible for working with the responsible party to assure cleanup of the incident is completed appropriately. A full team may not respond in every instance. The system provides for a tiered response ranging from technical advice over the phone, to on-site recon, to a full team response.
This document, in the library below, addresses the following:
To highlight the Regional Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Teams (RHMERT) program, the Office of State Fire Marshal has created three informational posters for our fire service and other partners about these critical statewide resource. Posters will be mailed to partner agencies and can be downloaded here by clicking on each image. (File may take time to download.)
Special Operations UnitJamie Kometz3565 Trelstad Ave SESalem, OR 97317Phone: 503-934-8280Jamie.Kometz@osp.oregon.gov
Oregon Emergency Response System (OERS) 1-800-452-0311
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