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Eureka Fire Secures State Certification for the Humboldt-Del Norte Hazardous Materials Response Authority's Haz Mat Team

The Humboldt-Del Norte Hazardous Material Response Authority has received certification from the California Emergency Management Agency (Cal-EMA) as a Type II Hazardous Materials Response Team. This certifies that the Hazardous Materials Response Team (HMRT) meets state and federal requirements related to staffing, specialized training, and enhanced hazardous materials response mitigation equipment. The team was previously unclassified by the state or federal government.

The certification process identified criteria and equipment needed for effective response capabilities to hazardous materials releases. These requirements are established by State and Federal standards through the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

Completion of this project significantly improves the team’s ability to safely mitigate hazardous materials incidents within the Humboldt-Del Norte County region. The certification of the team as “Type II” will allow the team to be considered for responses out of the home region and will open training and funding avenues previously outside of the team’s reach.

The typing project, led by the Eureka Fire Department, has been the focus of the HMRT for the past two years. The project was completed with the assistance of the Humboldt County Department of Environmental Health and the Del Norte County Emergency Management Agency.

The hazardous materials response team serves Humboldt and Del Norte Counties and is staffed with state-certified hazardous materials technicians and specialists from local agencies. The administration, coordination, and staffing of the team is managed by the Eureka Fire Department.

The team is financed through a Joint Powers Authority which consists of the Counties of Humboldt and Del Norte, the Cities of Arcata, Blue Lake, Crescent City, Eureka, Ferndale, Trinidad, and Rio Dell.