Hazardous 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.)
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
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.
Household Hazardous Wastes
To dispose of household hazardous waste such as
- Electronic equipment
contact the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County
or the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
Hazardous Materials Links
Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) Division 1
Federal Emergency Management Agency – FEMA
Illinois Emergency Management Agency
Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS)