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Hazardous Materials Division

The Hazardous Materials Division is responsible for coordinating the response capabilities of the city and parish emergency services in the event of an incident involving hazardous materials.

By definition, a hazardous material is any substance in a quantity or form which may be harmful or injurious to humans, domestic animals, wildlife, economic crops, or property when released into the environment. Many hazardous material substances are manufactured or transported within this parish on a daily basis. Thus, the importance of maintaining a well equipped, professional, hazardous materials team for the Baton Rouge Fire Department is recognized.

Since the development of the Hazardous Materials Division, we have continued to work closely with the major industrial plants throughout the city of Baton Rouge and the Parish of East Baton Rouge. This division schedules plant tours for the responding fire department units located in their districts. Our educational programs continue through the school systems in the parish, to distribute and present programs with the assistance of the North Baton Rouge Chemical Industry Task Force (NBRCITF). This division also trains or helps train several volunteer departments in hazardous materials response and mitigation. The Hazardous Materials Division regularly participates in drills involving industrial facilities and agencies throughout the parish.

The Hazardous Materials Division consists of nine officers, a Chief and an Assistant Chief. Our officers continually train to maintain state-of-the-art awareness in the latest aspects and techniques of recognizing and mitigating hazardous materials incidents. Each officer is a certified Hazardous Materials Technician, and is educated in Chemistry I, II, & III, Bioterrorism, WMD, NIMS, and numerous CBRNE subjects that meet or exceed NFPA, EPA, OSHA, and DEQ standards.

This division continues working closely with BRAMAS Baton Rouge Area Mutual Aid System) an organization made up of industry and various municipal agencies, in conducting the Annual Hazardous Materials Training. This school accommodates first responders throughout the area offering classes specifically designed for their needs.

The Hazardous Materials Division responds to over 400 calls a year. These responses can range from an odor detection to a large scale chemical disaster.