All MVFR department personnel are trained, at a minimum, to the Operations Level for HazMat responses through the state as required by their job description. All Hazmat Team members are trained to the Technician Level. The response process consists of 2207 and 2227, and depending on the incident, 2252 and/or 2257, with a minimum of two technicians on all calls. The program is currently managed by 3 full-time employees that consists of 1 shift Lieutenant and 1 shift Captain and one administrative Captain.
Currently the MVFR Hazmat Team works in conjunction with the Boulder County Hazardous Material Team (BCHMT) to combine resources for all incidents up to FEMA Type 1 responses within and outside our response district. Incidents within Weld County, based on the OEM’s approval, will use all available resources in the region, to include the Boulder County Hazmat Team, Adams/Jeffco Hazmat Team, Greeley Fire Hazmat Team, Southwest Weld County Hazmat Training Group, and United States Air Force Civil Support Team. Initial call stabilization for all types of hazardous material incidents can be achieved with current equipment on all existing apparatus.
The Hazmat Program consists of two apparatus that carry the necessary equipment for the program. 2252 contains foam and foam equipment that consists of a 265-gallon tote of Class B foam, 55-gallon barrel of foam wetting agent, and nozzles and hoses to apply the foam. 2257 contains equipment for technical decontamination, air monitoring, fuel transfer, grounding and bonding, and all levels of PPE to accomplish these tasks. The equipment to test and calibrate this equipment is located at Station 7.
The Boulder County Hazmat Authority was officially formed in October of 2017. The Authority is comprised of the 11 DERA’s located within Boulder County.