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image003AFD’s Hazardous Materials Response Team was established in 1983. In 1989, through the Oregon State Fire Marshall’s Office, it became a Regional Hazardous Material Team together with Corvallis Fire Department and Lebanon Fire Department. Now the Linn-Benton Regional Hazardous Materials Team #5 has 16 members from Albany Fire, 11 members from Corvallis Fire and 3 members from Lebanon Fire. All members have completed a 160-hour Hazardous Materials Technician course as well as receive monthly training to maintain skills and knowledge. The Linn-Benton Hazardous Materials Team has 3 emergency response vehicles, 2 in Albany and 1 in Corvallis, which would respond as 1 team in the event of a hazardous materials incident. These vehicles carry various supplies such as personal protective equipment, decontamination supplies, chemical identification equipment, gas meters, and a computer suite for research and support activities. The Linn-Benton Team predominately covers Linn-Benton counties as well as portions of Polk County, Marion County and Lincoln County.

For more information of the State of Oregon’s Hazardous Materials Response Teams, please visit: 
http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/ERU_RHM_Teams.shtml

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