The Hazardous Materials Division is responsible for
coordinating the response capabilities of the city and parish
emergency services in the event of an incident involving hazardous
By definition, a hazardous material is any
substance in a quantity or form which may be harmful or injurious to
humans, domestic animals, wildlife, economic crops, or property when
released into the environment. Many hazardous material substances
are manufactured or transported within this parish on a daily basis.
Thus, the importance of maintaining a well equipped, professional,
hazardous materials team for the Baton Rouge Fire Department is
Since the development of the Hazardous Materials
Division, we have continued to work closely with the major
industrial plants throughout the city of Baton Rouge and the Parish
of East Baton Rouge. This division schedules plant tours for the
responding fire department units located in their districts. Our
educational programs continue through the school systems in the
parish, to distribute and present programs with the assistance of
the North Baton Rouge Chemical Industry Task Force (NBRCITF). This
division also trains or helps train several volunteer departments in
hazardous materials response and mitigation. The Hazardous Materials
Division regularly participates in drills involving industrial
facilities and agencies throughout the parish.
The Hazardous Materials Division consists of nine
officers, a Chief and an Assistant Chief. Our officers continually
train to maintain state-of-the-art awareness in the latest aspects
and techniques of recognizing and mitigating hazardous materials
incidents. Each officer is a certified Hazardous Materials
Technician, and is educated in Chemistry I, II, & III, Bioterrorism,
WMD, NIMS, and numerous CBRNE subjects that meet or exceed NFPA,
EPA, OSHA, and DEQ standards.
This division continues working closely with BRAMAS Baton Rouge Area Mutual Aid System) an organization made up of
industry and various municipal agencies, in conducting the Annual Hazardous Materials Training. This school accommodates first
responders throughout the area offering classes specifically designed for their needs.
The Hazardous Materials Division responds to over 400 calls a year. These responses can range from an odor detection to a large scale chemical disaster.