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The county-wide Hazardous Materials Response Team was established because it was determined that it would be too expensive for each city, township, or village to equip and train their own teams. The Summit County Team is a joint effort between the Summit County Government, the local fire departments, and the University of Akron. The County provides the funding necessary for specialized hazardous materials equipment and basic operating costs, each fire department provides the personnel to respond, and the University of Akron provides the specialized training. The team has been in service since 1986.

HazMat-3Summit County has been divided into three zones to more effectively respond to incidents. If the local fire chief determines that the emergency is small, then he or she activates the personnel from that zone. If the chief has a large scale incident then he or she can activate the entire county and have over one hundred hazardous materials technicians and specialists available. If a technical question about a potential incident arises, then the fire chief can request the Technical Assistance Team (TAT) component of SCHMRT.

Once activated, the team responds to the incident and assists the local fire department in remedying the emergency.HazMat-5 The primary response vehicle for the team is a custom designed 1995 Pierce Lance heavy rescue truck. The command cab is a research area complete with computer, printer, copier, fax, and cell phones. Specialty software is installed on the PC and includes CAMEO (Computer-Aided Management of Emergency Operations), ALOHA (Aerial Locations of Hazardous Atmospheres), Marplot, Times Plus, Kappler Suit Smart, CC Info and Sigma Aldrich. Weather information is gathered by a C-5 SAM weather station on the outside of the vehicle and hard-wired directly to the computer and CAMEO software.HazMat-4

Members of the team have also developed a second vehicle from a 45-foot semi tractor trailer. This conversion was made possible through the generous donations of contributors such as Roadway and Goodyear Tire and Rubber. HazMat-6The converted trailer serves as a portable decontamination unit with capabilities for gross decontamination, secondary decontamination, two personal showers with hot and cold water, and medical evaluation facilities. The trailer has propane-fired heat and air conditioning and a pre-piped, four-bottle, 4500 psi, cascade air system that supplies the self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) utilized by the personnel staffing the decon positions. Electric is supplied by a 5000-watt portable generator. Once on the scene, the unit takes approximately 20 minutes to setup and secure a water source before decontamination can begin. The forward part of the trailer is designed to allow entry personnel (individuals who suit up and enter the hazardous zone) to rest, hydrate, and get medically checked prior to assignment.

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