Hazardous Material Operation
In 1983, the various fire departments in
Lake County were confronted with new regulations regarding
response and handling of hazardous material incidents.
training and equipment required to handle these incidents
was found to be unaffordable for each department to fund
and provide the numbers of trained personnel needed.
The Lake County Fire Chief's Association assembled a new "Specialized
Response Team" comprised of manpower and funds from
all of the Lake County Fire Departments. In 2005 the McHenry
County Fire Departments joined with Lake |County Fire Departments
and the SRT is now a combined effort of both counties. This
team is the Lake and McHenry Counties Fire Department's Hazardous
Materials Response Team.
The Zion Fire Department has been a
part of this team since it's inception. Although all
department members have basic training in Hazardous Materials,
three personnel are assigned to the County Team. Department
members are FF/PMs Ian Kennedy, Nick Urbanik
and Dane Costello. With funding from the various departments
and generous donations of equipment and money from private
industry, a team of approximately 160 technicians is
now in place. This team operates two vehicles equipped
with state of the art monitoring equipment, computers,
Level A and B suits, communication equipment, reference
materials, decontamination equipment, tools and supplies
for spill and leak control and many other items necessary
for management of a hazardous materials incident.