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Monterey County Hazardous Materials Team Upgraded

Published On: Jan 13 2014 08:12:02 PM CST
SALINAS, Calif. -

Monterey County's hazardous response team is more capable than ever before of responding to emergencies and accidents involving dangerous chemicals and spills.

The California Office of Emergency Services (Cal-OES) Special Operations Division conducted an inspection of the Monterey County Joint Hazardous Material (Haz/Mat) Response Team; a partnership between the County of Monterey Environmental Health Department, the city of Seaside and the city of Salinas Fire Departments.

As a result of this inspection, Cal-OES awarded the joint team Type II status. This rating is based on response capability, dependent on pre-established training, equipment and staffing resources. The highest ranking is Type III.

This upgrade was possible through funding administered through the Monterey County Office of Emergency Services. Haz/Mat emergency responses are funded through fees collected by the Monterey County Environmental Health Department and by grants awarded through the state and federal governments.  

The Monterey County Joint Haz/Mat Response Team is the only typed Haz/Mat response team on the greater Central Coast from Santa Barbara to San Mateo counties and one of only 22 in the state of California.