Hazardous Materials Team

The Stockton Fire Department established a formal Haz Mat Team in 1987 as required by federal law to meet potential hazards posed by the increasing use of toxic and hazardous materials. The Haz Mat Team is responsible for protecting the public by mitigating hazardous materials releases and environmental emergencies. The team coordinates with state and local authorities to prepare for, prevent, and respond to a variety of hazardous materials releases. Emergency operations are coordinated by the Deputy Chief of Operations and the Haz Mat Chief. 

The Haz Mat Team uses a hazardous materials response vehicle as a mobile laboratory to analyze and identify materials on site.  The vehicle is equipped with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Decontamination Equipment, Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus, Chemical and Hazard Assessment Equipment , Mobile computer database, portable weather station, supplies for spill control and containment to minimize the impact of an event on the environment


The Decon support vehicle responds to mass-decontamination events with a 20-foot trailer for large scale incidents. The trailer contains multiple inflatable shower units, a portable water heater, tethered air cart, and necessary protective clothing.

Cal-OSHA Regulations

  • Successful completion of a 160-hour Hazardous Materials Technician certification course
  • Attend an additional 80 hours of training
  • 24 hours of continuing education

Other resources

San Joaquin County Public Health Department
San Joaquin County Environmental Health Department
San Joaquin County Office of Emergency Services
The United States Coast Guard
Last Update : 12/08/2023, 4:56:10 PM