Hazardous Materials

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Hazardous Materials Incident Response is provided to the community using a heavy duty multipurpose crew cab truck and three hazardous materials incident response trailers. Incident mitigation, mass patient decontamination, scene lighting, rehabilitation, atmospheric monitoring capability, plugging, patching and over packing supplies are among the specialized equipment in the inventory used for hazardous materials response.

The hazardous materials response capability has been funded by the State of Nebraska under an agreement with the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). Hastings Fire & Rescue is one of ten regional response teams who provide area hazardous materials response in exchange for state funding for equipment and training.

21 full-time firefighters are trained at the Hazardous Materials Technician Level, the highest level of certification available for this type of response. In 2012, HFR responded to 111 Hazardous Materials calls.