Cal OES HazMat Type II Program

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​Introduction

The purpose of this page is to explain the Cal OES Type II HazMat Vehicle Program, Type II HazMat Response Vehicle, Local Staff Training, and to provide links to pertinent documents that are associated with the Program.

 

HMTT Contact Information

Charles Tobias, Assistant Chief
Special Operations & Hazardous Materials Section
Phone: (916) 845-8830
Fax: (916) 845-8396
chuck.tobias@caloes.ca.gov

Cal OES Type II Haz Mat Vehicle Program


History
In 1951, the federal government established a program to match state and local funds for the purchase of fire and rescue apparatus and equipment. The program was based on the philosophy that no single fire department could afford to purchase and maintain sufficient apparatus to combat a major natural or human caused disaster. The Governor’s Fire Advisory Committee [a forerunner of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES)] recommended that the state purchase 100 fire engines through this program. These engines were assigned to local firefighting agencies throughout the state under the auspices of the Fire Advisory Committee. Presently, the fleet of Cal OES Type I and Type III fire engines has grown to 129, with more on the way. Cal OES has also funded 20 Type II Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) Trailers and 13 Type I Swiftwater Rescue Teams (Cal OES Swiftwater-Flood Search & Rescue Teams). Additionally, Cal OES supports the readiness and operations of California’s 8 State/National Urban Search & Rescue (US&R) Task Forces and plays a coordinating and support role in the state’s system of 12 Regional US&R Task Forces.


Hazardous Materials Response
In the early 1980’s, the accidental or purposeful release (or burning, or explosion) of hazardous materials was recognized as a significant threat to human and animal life, the environment, and property. Many local government fire departments and other agencies established Hazardous Materials Response Teams. The Cal OES began the formalized “typing” of Haz Mat teams in 2003. There are presently 61 “typed” Haz Mat Response Teams in California. In 2016, Cal OES recognized a number of significant gaps in Haz Mat Team response times exceeding two hours. In order to safeguard life and the environment by bolstering the state’s Hazardous Materials response capabilities, Cal OES has purchased and equipped 12 Type II Hazardous Materials Response Vehicles and funded Haz Mat Specialist training for 17 personnel, respectively, to staff each of those vehicles. Beginning in early 2018, two of the Cal OES Type II Haz Mat Response Vehicles are being assigned to local government fire departments in each of California’s six Mutual Aid Regions.


Program Dynamics
Today, Cal OES and 12 assignee local government fire departments are parties to a contractual agreement permitting the use of the Cal OES Type II Haz Mat Response Vehicles for local emergency response, out-of-service Haz Mat vehicles, training, exercises, and other needs. In return, the assignee fire departments are required to dispatch the Cal OES Type II Haz Mat Response Vehicles anywhere in the state staffed by the required number of Haz Mat-trained personnel as requested through the California Fire & Rescue Mutual Aid System. This brings the total number of “typed” Haz Mat Teams in California to 73.

​Program Training

Cal OES funded Hazardous Materials training for 17 personnel to staff each Cal OES Type II Haz Mat Response Vehicle per jurisdiction, which  entailed 160 hours of technician, 80 hours of specialist, and  16 hours of Assistant Safety Officer training. Cal OES is in the process to secure funding for sustainability and continual education. 

​Haz Mat Teams in Action

 

​Cal OES Type II Haz Mat Vehicle Program Documents

 

 

 

Cal OES Type II Haz Mat Sponsored Teams Statewide Maphttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/01 Statewide-Regions-CalOES Sponsored-Asize.pdfCal OES Type II Haz Mat Sponsored Teams Statewide MapStatewide map depicting the location of the 12 sponsored Haz Mat Teams assigned a Cal OES Type II Haz Mat Vehicle.HazMat - Cal OES Type II Haz Mat Vehicle Program6/7/2018 8:50:22 PM
Type II HazMat Emergency Response Vehicle Conceptual Drawinghttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/02 Conceptual Drawing.pdfType II HazMat Emergency Response Vehicle Conceptual DrawingHazMat - Cal OES Type II Haz Mat Vehicle Program6/7/2018 8:50:51 PM
Draft Type II Hazmat Vehicle Transfer Agreement 20160119http://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/03 Draft Type II Hazmat Vehicle Transfer Agreement 20160119.pdfDraft Type II Hazmat Vehicle Transfer Agreement 20160119Draft document regarding the Assignment of Equipment and Agreement for Temporary Transfer of Vehicular Equipment - Type II Haz Mat - DraftHazMat - Cal OES Type II Haz Mat Vehicle Program6/7/2018 8:51:02 PM
BULL36-Preparation for Transfer of Cal OES Fire and Rescue Haz-Mat Type 2 Vehiclehttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/04 BULL36-Transfer of Cal OES HM T2 Vehicle.pdfBULL36-Preparation for Transfer of Cal OES Fire and Rescue Haz-Mat Type 2 VehicleThis document describes the process for the transfer of the Hazardous Materials Type 2 Response Vehicles.HazMat - Cal OES Type II Haz Mat Vehicle Program6/7/2018 8:51:10 PM

 

 

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