Somerset County Hazardous Materials Response Team 600

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Somerset County Hazardous Materials Response Team 600 is to provide the county with specially trained personnel to respond to nuclear, biological, and chemical releases upon request. The rescue of victims, hazard mitigation, technical guidance, and advanced control and capture of hazardous materials are the primary functions of the team.

Hazmat Class Offerings

Joel Landis, Training Officer 814-445-1515

 

Confined Space Entry Awareness

When: Thursday, January 18, 2018 18:00-21:00

Where: Region 13/Hazmat Building
113 Runway Road Friedens, PA 15541

RSVP BY: Friday, January 5, 2018

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Portable Pipelines for First Responders Training Program

When: Saturday, February 10, 2018 8AM

Where: Region 13/Hazmat Building
113 Runway Road Friedens, PA 15541

Minimum enrollment must be met by January 19, 2018

Student Application

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Lockout/Tagout Procedures

When: Thursday, March 15, 2018 18:00-20:00

Where: Region 13/Hazmat Building
113 Runway Road Friedens, PA 15541

RSVP BY: Friday, March 2, 2018

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EPA Hazardous Materials Technician Refresher

When: Saturday, May 19, 2018 8:30AM-4:30PM,

Sunday, May 20, 2018 8:30AM-4:30PM

Where: Region 13/Hazmat Building
113 Runway Road Friedens, PA 15541

RSVP BY: Friday, May 4, 2018

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SCBA Refresher

When: Thursday, June 21, 2018 18:00-21:00

Where: Region 13/Hazmat Building
113 Runway Road Friedens, PA 15541

RSVP BY: Friday, June 8, 2018

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WHAT ARE HAZARDOUS MATERIALS?


Hazardous materials are chemicals, which if released, spilled, or misused can pose a threat to the environment or health. These chemicals are used in industry, agriculture, medicine, research, and consumer products. Hazardous materials come in many forms. They can be liquids, powders, solids, or gases. They can be explosives, flammable, and combustible substances, poisons, and radioactive materials.

These substances are most often released as a result of transportation accidents or because of accidents in plants where they are produced or used.

WHY DO WE NEED HAZMAT TEAMS?

If not contained immediately and properly, hazardous materials can cause death, serious injury, long-lasting health effects, and damage to buildings, homes, and other property.

The HazMat Team is here to ensure that any incident is contained and its effects on the residents of this county are minimized.

WHO MANAGES THE HAZMAT TEAM?

The Somerset County HazMat Response Team 600 is managed by the Somerset County Department of Emergency Services, utilizing emergency management and Region 13 staff. The day to day emergency operations, administrative tasks, coordination of training, and equipment maintenance is all overseen and administered by this department.

WHO ARE THE HAZMAT TEAM MEMBERS?


The Somerset County HazMat Response Team 600 is comprised of 40 volunteer members... Firefighters, EMT's, Paramedics, and Career Emergency Management Personnel. The volunteer members are comprised of 10 county wide volunteer fire departments. These volunteer fire departments range from the far north to the far south. By utilizing volunteers from all corners of the county the team has a wide range of local expertise.

HOW MUCH TRAINING IS INVOLVED?

Somerset County HazMat Response Team 600 members are required to complete a minimum of twenty five (25) hours of approved hazardous materials training or incidents each calendar year to maintain their individual proficiency. Members that do not achieve this degree of HazMat continuing education are removed from active hazmat duty. This mandate assures that the members comprised of this team are not only proficient in new response techniques, but are familiar with working with each other as a team in extreme conditions in abnormal situations.
 

 

Address

100 East Union Street
Somerset, PA 15501
EMERGENCY: 911
Non-Emergency: (814) 445-1515
Fax: (814) 444-0799

Richard B. Lohr
   HMRT Program Administrator
William G. Barnhart Jr.
   Chief 
Terry D. Phillips
   North Assistant Chief
Brad Shober
   Central Assistant Chief

Gary Compton D.C.
   South Assistant Chief

Joel D. Landis
   Training Officer

 

Email
team600@co.somerset.pa.us

 



Links

Pages of Interest
- Federal Emergency Management Agency Hazardous Materials Awareness
- PA Region 13 Counter-Terrorism Task Force
- Pennsylvania Association of Hazardous Materials Technicians
- Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Hazardous Material Preparedness

Photo Galleries
- Hazmat Team 600 Activities And Training Pictures
- Apparatus Pictures
- Hazmat Team 600's Specialty Tool Pictures
- Hazmat Team In The News
- Region 13 / Hazmat Building

Team 600 Login
- Member Login
County Annex Office Building
300 North Center Avenue
Somerset, PA 15501
Somerset County Courthouse
111 East Union St.
Somerset, PA 15501