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York County Hazardous Materials Response Team is organized a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), York County agrees to maintain a Decontamination Strike Team (DST) supported by MEMA. The York County Team goes one step beyond a DST. This team is equipped as a Type 3 Hazardous Materials Response Team (HMRT). As Type 3 team we have the capabilities to conduct:

  • Field Testing: Perform presumptive testing, identify, and classify known chemicals.

  • Air Monitoring: Detect presence of known gases or vapors. Monitor for oxygen deficiencies, flammable lower explosive limits, carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide.

  • Sampling: For known toxic industrial chemicals or materials, perform standardized sampling, collection, containerization, labeling and preparation for transportation.

  • Substance Detection: Operate and interpret chemical testing kits, multi-gas meters, photoionization detectors (PID) and radiological detection instruments. As a minimum.

  • Radiation Detection: Accurately interpret readings from beta and gamma radiation detection instruments. Conduct geographical surveys and search for suspected radiological sources or contamination spread.

  • Technical Reference: Ability to access and use various databases, guidelines, and chemical data repositories. 

  • Incident Stabilization: Use mechanical means of intervention and product control such as, plugging, patching, off-loading, absorption of a known chemical. 

  • Decontamination: Ability to conduct and support all team, casualty and other public safety decontamination needs.


Our team is comprised of 22 individuals trained to the HAZMAT Response Technician level. Training meets NFPA 473 and OSHA 1920 requirements. We operate similar to a “call force” style fire department. This team responds throughout York County and is available for State-wide deployment. We are dispatched by the Sanford Regional Communications Center, 324-1111.

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