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Hazardous Materials Training & Emergency Response Division

Located in the Fire Prevention Office, members include:
  • Lt. Steven Mello, Hazardous Materials Coordinator

Mission Statement

The mission of the Hazardous Materials Division of the Lowell Fire Department is to enhance the health and safety of the community, its emergency responders, and stakeholders.  This is accomplished by utilizing a systematic, proactive approach to hazard mitigation which recognizes the importance of training, risk assessment, and pre-planning.


In order to prevent the duplication of effort, improve information sharing, and enhance its risk assessment and pre-planning capabilities, the Chief of the Department relocated the Hazardous Materials Division of the Lowell Fire Department to the Office of Fire Prevention in March 2011.

All 201 uniformed members of the Lowell Fire Department have been trained to the Hazardous Materials Operational Level and more than 75% of those are certified Massachusetts Hazardous Material Technicians.  This means they have successfully completed the 160-hour program that complies with the standards set forth in NFPA 472 and 29 CFR 1910.120.   All Hazardous Materials Technicians receive refresher training annually.  The Fire Department maintains an in-house HazMat team comprised of approximately 40 members who are available on a rotating schedule to respond to hazmat incidents within the City.

The Hazardous Material Division of the Lowell Fire Department is headed by Lt. Steven Mello, who develops and presents training to the Department, oversees the Department’s hazmat team, and works closely with many companies in the City regarding the storage and processing of hazardous materials.  Lt. Mello has received the following training and certifications:

  • Hazardous Materials Technician

Comments, questions, or concerns?  Please contact the HazMat office directly at 978-459-5556.

*All training development and delivery is in compliance with ANSI/ASSE Z490.1: Criteria for accepted practices in safety, health and environmental training.