Hazardous Materials Training & Emergency Response Division
- Lieutenant Richard Latour, Hazardous Materials Officer, 978-674-1257
The mission of the Hazardous Materials Division of the Lowell Fire Department is to enhance the health and safety of the community, it's emergency responders and it's stakeholders. This is accomplished by utilizing a systematic proactive approach to hazard mitigation which recognizes the importance of training, risk assessment, and pre-planning.
BackgroundThe HazMat Coordinator works closely with many companies in the city regarding the storage and handling of hazardous materials. The Coordinator is responsible for developing and presenting training programs to the fire department. The Coordinator oversees the LFD HazMat Team. This team is made up of trained members that are available to respond to hazardous materials incidents within the city on a rotating schedule.
All 213 uniformed members of the Lowell Fire Department have been trained as Hazardous Materials Operational Level Responders and 161 uniformed members 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.
In order to prevent the duplication of effort, improve information sharing, and enhance it's risk assessment and pre-planning capabilities, the Fire Chief moved the LFD Hazardous Materials Division to the Fire Prevention Office in March of 2011.
Questions, comments, or concerns? Please contact the office directly at 978-674-1257
Note: All training development and delivery is in compliance with ANSI/ASSE Z490.1: Criteria for accepted practices in safety, health, and environmental training.