The Bartlett Fire District staffs a hazardous materials team of specially trained firefighters to handle hazardous materials or dangerous goods incidents. Each member must successfully complete a minimum of 96 hours of initial training before they’re appointed to the team and in addition to their successful completion and appointment must complete 100 hours of continuing education and training every 4 years.
Examples of hazardous materials or dangerous goods that team members could come across include combustibles substances, explosives, corrosive liquids, dangerous cargo, oxidizing agents, radioactive materials, asphyxiating, bio-hazard and toxic substances, pathogenic or allergenic materials. Hazardous conditions may also include container leaks or the explosion of compressed gases, liquids, hot materials, chemicals and acts of terrorism, etc. They would also respond to all oil, chemical and other liquid spills, industrial explosions and accidents during transportation and when requested by neighboring towns.