HAZMAT Team Organization Chart
6601 - Sean Dreisbach, Jeffersontown FPD, East Team Commander
6602 - Jody Craig, Okolona FPD, Central Team Commander
6603 - Jason Meiman, Lake Dreamland FPD, Southwest Team Commander
6604 - Worthington FPD - On-Duty Battalion Chief (1802)
6605 - Richard Harrison, Buechel FPD, Team Safety Officer
6606 - James Sabastian, Jeffersontown FPD, Logistics Officer
6607 - Brian Morgan, Pleasure Ridge Park FPD
6608 - Brad Oser, Middletown
6610 - Pat Walsch, McMahan FPD
6611 - Freddie George, Lake Dreamland FPD
6612 - John Bersot, Camp Taylor FPD
Team members from the three divisions of the suburban fire districts respond based on their area assignments when needed to mitigate any hazardous materials incident that a single fire district may not be equipped to handle alone. The team concept, has long been successful in areas of response which require a large number of personnel and expertise. Each team member is trained to Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) 1910.120 Technician level, and some have specialized training on specific chemicals that are in use or production in the Jefferson County/Metro-Louisville area.
The HAZMAT Team responds in support of Region Six within the State of Kentucky. Fire districts have specialized vehicles, we call "Apparatus" designed around a specific task, like "Decon" which is short for decontamination or "Rehab", rehabilitation. That is where our firefighters are evaluated to assess their medical baseline vital signs before, during, and after an incident. We monitor their physical and mental state throughout a response to prevent injuries when they become exhausted or over-exerted. Safety is of paramount importance when responding to any incident, especially a HAZMAT.
Hot Zone Entry
Team members are qualified to operate inside the Hot Zone (area immediately adjacent to a leaking vessel or hazardous release) while wearing specially designed suits to prevent exposure to the chemical or hazards they are cleaning up. Team members enter the hot zone using one of several types of entry suits, Level-A, Level-B, or Tyvek® based on the type of product that is leaking or released.
Monitoring and Sampling
Team members are all trained to use the many types and models of monitoring and sampling equipment. The first thing our team has to do is identify what we are dealing with, and when a chemical is spilled or leaking from it's container, it isn't always easy to identify which container it came from if there are multiple containers leaking. The meters we use have to be maintained and adjusted or calibrated to ensure they are always ready for use. We conduct regular training to ensure everyone stays up on the latest changes and additions of our monitoring equipment. Once a leak occurs, we have to suit up in protective equipment and enter the hazard area in order to gather samples of the product in order to identify the chemical and it's concentration levels before we can choose the appropriate clean-up plan and materials. Some chemicals will react violently when they come in contact with other materials and even react with water, one more reason we have to sample the products before rushing in to clean it up.
Team members that make entry into a hot zone must be decontaminated prior to removing their suits and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). We setup portable showers and containment pools to capture the run-off from the wash-down process. Everything the chemical touches must be cleaned, retained and disposed of in accordance with applicable Federal, State and local laws and regulations. The waste products from our "decon" operations can sometimes be flushed with large amounts of water and diluted before being processed into the sanitary sewer system, or packaged in drums and disposed of through special waste disposal contractors.