We go where others fear…
The Hazardous Materials Response Team (HMRT) is a multi-agency response team made up of a highly select group of dedicated Technicians / Specialists from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO), Parker Police, and Castle Rock Fire Department. Due to its dangerous nature, this is a volunteer only assignment. This ability requires many years of training, certification, and diligence not found elsewhere.
The Team’s primary mission is to respond to criminal releases of hazardous materials, mitigate the effects, investigate, and prepare for possible prosecution. Other missions include ensuring the safety and security of the Justice Center and Evidence facilities through analyzing unknown chemicals, supporting executive / dignitary protection details, processing illicit laboratories, radiological incidents and other WMD scenarios.
To accomplish these goals, the Team is equipped and trains with an array of specialized detection and monitoring equipment for analysis of unknown chemicals, explosive atmospheres, toxic environments, radiological materials, gas monitoring, and others.
Certification and training is conducted in accordance with the Colorado Division of Fire Safety Rules and Regulations, as well as the Code of Federal Regulations governing hazardous materials response. Training is conducted internally, as well as through external sources.
Team members have received training at:
- The Advanced Chemical & Biological Integrated Response Course provided by the Dugway Proving Ground, West Desert Test Centers Special Programs Testing and Training Division in which they handled and trained with live materials such as anthrax, botulism, mustard and various other nerve, blood and blister agents
- The Center for Domestic Preparedness at Anniston Alabama in which they handled and trained with live materials such as VX and Sarin
- The Department of Energy Nevada National Security Site in which they received advanced radiation response training
- The National Center for Biomedical Research and Training Academy
- The US Department of Homeland Security in which they received advanced WMD Hazardous Materials Technician level training
- The Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area in which they received advanced training in response to methamphetamine lab responses
- The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) in which they received advanced training in chemistry for hazmat/WMD responses
The HMRT conducts joint trainings and exercises with the Colorado Army National Guard Civil Support Team and the FBI Hazmat Teams involving criminal releases of a weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
The HMRT has responded to and will continue to respond to incidents involving suspected biological and toxic agents, suspected chemical/explosive laboratories, and incidents involving radioactive substances. The team is prepared to respond with and support the activation of the Bomb Team or other special teams in the event they encounter hazardous materials whether it is explosive chemicals, riot control agents, or other dangerous materials.
The Sheriff’s hazardous materials team is actively involved in community awareness and education. The team annually participates in community events such as:
- Bring Your Child to Work Day
- Annual Safety Day
- Public Works Safety Day
The team provides training to:
- DCSO employees
- CSV Academy
- Local hospitals
- Public Works
- County Parks
- Others as requested