A hazardous material is any item or agent (biological, chemical, physical) which has the potential to cause harm to humans, animals, or the environment, either by itself or through interaction with other factors. While hazardous materials are present around us in our everyday lives, the potential for an emergency does exist. To be prepared for such an emergency, SBVFD members receive specialized training in the identification and handling of hazardous materials (or “
Awareness and Operations Training
During probationary training, all new members receive
During the Firefighter II program, members receive additional training to the Operations level that allows them to perform additional steps to help mitigate a HazMat situation, such as creating a dam to prevent fuel
As the designated technical rescue department for the Town of Greenwich, many SBVFD members have received additional training above the Operational level. Haz Mat Technician level training involves over 160 hours worth of classroom and hands-on training. During this program, members learn advanced chemical identification techniques and how to properly handle a Haz Mat situation in an offensive mode.
Unfortunately, not all hazardous materials responses are accidental in nature. SBVFD members are specially trained to identify and respond to hazardous materials incidents involving chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or explosive devices (CBRNE) or otherwise known as ‘weapons of mass destruction.’ After the events of September 11, 2001, having the appropriate equipment and training to properly respond to such incidents is crucial.