Hazardous Materials

Types of Incidents
The members of the DeKalb Fire Department are specially trained to respond to hazardous materials (HazMat) incidents. HazMat incidents can result from leaking containers, train derailments, and roadway accidents involving the transportation of hazardous materials.

All members of the DeKalb Fire Department are trained to the HazMat Operations level to handle minor spills and leaks and support the HazMat team at more complex incidents. A select core of firefighters are trained to the Technician level and are a part of the MABAS Division 6 HazMat team.

Special monitoring equipment and tools are stored in designated trailers that respond with the team when activated. Through participation in the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS), this team is available to respond to HazMat incidents in DeKalb County and may be deployed statewide following a disaster declaration.
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    Mike Thomas

    Fire Chief

    DeKalb Fire Department

    700 Pine Street
    DeKalb, IL 60115