Chagrin/Southeast Regional Hazardous Materials Response Team
The Chagrin/Southeast Regional Hazardous Materials Response Team was formed in 1990 at the request of local fire chiefs. Cuyahoga County provided some initial seed money to start the team, and the balance has been obtained from annual membership fees, county, state and federal grants and well as fees charged for responses.
The team is governed by the Chagrin/Southeast Council of Governments, but the day-
The team is staffed with cross-
When a fire department needs the special skills and equipment of the Haz-
Team members use specialized detection and identification tools, including high tech meters and instruments. They wear chemical protective clothing and "suits" to allow the option of offensive tactics. They can utilize specially designed equipment for plugging, patching, neutralizing, collecting, stopping, reducing or mitigating the hazards of the incident.
Each team member must complete their initial training as a Hazmat/WMD Technician. This involves sixty four hours of training in Incident Assessment, PPE, Direct Reading Instruments, Chemistry, Incident Command, Product Control and Containment, Plugging and Patching, Research and Reference Materials, Chemical Weapons and Hazardous Materials Strategy and Tactics.
Every team member must also complete their initial Confined Space Rescue Training,
including assessment, lock-
All members must maintain proficiency through monthly training and annual competency testing.
Hazmat Team Leaders and Hazmat Safety Officers must complete an least an additional
The Chagrin/SE Hazmat Team began training for response to the consequences of a terrorist attack following the attacks on our embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998, and the training has been continuous ever since.
Our team is one of only nine specially trained teams in the state of Ohio tasked with civilian response to terrorist incidents.
We have been verified to meet the rigid standards of the Ohio Hazmat Tecnical Advisory Committee and the Ohio Emergency Management Agency as a Type 1 Hazmat/WMD Team.
In order to prepare for this responsibility, our members have attended federal Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense Training Courses througfhout the United States.
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