Hazardous Materials Team

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Firefighters and Hazardous Materials technician place boom and pads to absorb an oil spill from a storm sewer to protect a creekHazardous Materials Team Coordinator: Lt. Paul Macaluso

The Palatine Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team was formed in 1985. The team consists of 18 members trained as Technicians. The HazMat team responds to incidents where chemical, biological, or radiological threats exists. The team is supported by specialized equipment to handle most incidents.

Team members are trained and certified to respond to hazardous material incidents. Team members train on a consistent basis and are required to help assist and train other Fire Department personnel in hazardous materials. (All of our firefighters and are trained to the Operations level.)

Hazardous Materials technicians review the use of remote environmental monitoring equipment.
The Palatine Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team is a leading member of a regional response team made up of surrounding area departments. Collectively, the regional team has 90+ members and is capable to responding to anywhere in the state, if needed.

The Palatine HazMat Team is proud to be recipients of specialized state and federal equipment given to Palatine Hazardous Materials technician in Level A protective gear practices decontamination procedures with Operations-trained firefighters in Level B gear at a training exercise in Palatine.selected proven teams. HazMat team members have also been selected for training that includes: advanced chemical hazard mitigation, rail tank car response, explosive detection, biologic identification, Methamphetamine lab response, clandestine chemical and biologic lab response, Weapons of Mass Destruction response, chemical and biologic sampling and collection, and advanced environmental monitoring.

Decon 1 is a MABAS asset that is available to Palatine's Hazardous Materials team.

Household Hazardous Wastes

To dispose of household hazardous waste such as
  • Paints
  • Batteries
  • Electronic equipment
  • Chemicals
contact the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County

or the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency

Hazardous Materials LinksPalatine Hazardous Materials technicians in Level B protective gear participate at a multi-agency training exercise.

Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) Division 1

Federal Emergency Management Agency – FEMA

Illinois Emergency Management Agency

Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS)

Fire crews, advised by Hazardous Materials Team technicians, set up a "mass decontamination corridor" at a training exercise.Palatine Fire Department Hazardous Materials technicians don Level A protective gear during a multi-department training exercise.

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