Monterey County Hazardous Materials Team Upgraded
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.
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