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DNREC’s Emergency Responders Answer the Call

ERT responder in protective gear is decontaminated after an incident
ERT responder in protective gear is decontaminated after an incident

A rail car leaks styrene in a densely populated area. A tanker truck full of isopropyl acetate overturns near a residential area in the middle of the night. Rail cars full of chlorine derail during the evening rush hour. A C-5 aircraft crash lands in a field early in the morning, releasing jet fuel. These are just a few of the incidents that the Division of Air and Waste Management’s (DAWM) Emergency Response Team handles 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Standing Ready

DAWM’s Emergency Response Team is three Environmental Scientists, 12 Environmental Enforcement Officers and several more supplemental responders.  The Environmental Scientists respond to spills and releases of hazardous chemicals, while the Enforcement Officers include emergency response as one of their primary duties.  The Division’s supplemental responders are staff from other DNREC programs that are on stand-by during evenings and weekends to provide for around-the-clock hazardous materials response. 

On the Scene

Once they arrive at an incident, our responders work with local fire companies or police officers to assess the site, stop the leak or take measures to prevent a leak, and determine whether any nearby homes or businesses need to be warned or evacuated.  They suit-up in hazard protection suits when needed and conduct air monitoring to ensure that the site is safe for both emergency personnel and local residents.  And, they arrange for a contractor to get to work immediately on cleanup and investigate the cause of the release. 

DAWM’s Emergency Responders. A team of dedicated, trained professionals who remain ready to respond to protect human health and the environment 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week.

To report a spill or release, or any environmental violation call 1-800-662-8802. #367 for Verizon Wireless users.

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