Regional HAZMAT Team

Linn County Regional Hazardous Materials Response Team

The Linn County Regional Hazardous Materials Response Team falls under the budgetary direction of the Linn County Emergency Management Agency. The Hazardous Materials Team is comprised of both volunteers and career personnel who train together to mitigate hazardous situations throughout Linn County.

The Linn County Hazardous Materials Response team was founded in 1978 and began serving the citizens of Linn County.  In 1996 Linn County Hazardous Materials Team signed its first agreement to cover Benton County for response protection.  Currently the Linn County Regional Team has response contracts with nine counties in eastern Iowa: Benton, Buchanan, Half of Cedar, Clayton, Delaware, Fayette, Iowa as of July 1, 2015, Jones and Linn.  The Linn County Regional HAZMAT Team currently provides services covering 5,864 square miles, which includes a population of 366,770, 113 incorporated cities, approximately 35 miles of the Mississippi river, 325 miles of US Interstate/Highways and 301 miles of railroads.

Hazardous materials pose a real and potentially disastrous threat to the citizens of Linn County.  Hazardous materials incidents may include, but are not limited to, responses involving fires, spills, transportation accidents, chemical reactions and explosions. Associated hazards involved may include toxicity, flammability, radiological, corrosives, explosives, health, or any combination of these items.

Linn County is proactive in both planning and emergency response relative to hazardous materials incidents, as well as potential terrorist incidents involving weapons of mass destruction.

If you are interested in joining the Linn County Regional Hazardous Materials Response Team please contact Chief Tom Ulrich at tom.ulrich@linncounty-ema.org or 319-892-6502

NOTE: Team members are required to attend one two hour training meeting monthly and six four hour trainings per year.

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