It’s important to clarify that the WCEMS Special Operation Division is not a “HAZMAT Team” by any stretch of the imagination. The Special operations rescue paramedics will maintain a minimum knowledge and competency of a hazmat technician level responder.
It is not the goal or intent of the team to work in the hot zone of a incident for any extended period of time. However, it may be required at times when assisting extrication or carrying for injuried patients. For this reason all NFPA minimum standards and OSHA guidelines wil be a minimum standard for the division. The over arching goal is to have a group of specially trained paramedics that can be better prepared to deal with the many concerns that a hazardous materials situation would bring to the response. The Hazmat Paramedics also do out reach community education to local hospitals and even region education in attemtps to bring more awareness and knowledge to proper decontamination procedures to the hospitals.