Boston Fire Department
Hazmat Response Patterns

Jan 1, 2003

LEVEL
RESPONSE
*=On this level
NOTIFICATIONS
*=On this level
Level 0
A level 0 incident is defined as:

A spill of less than 10 Gallon of petroleum products

ie: Gasoline, diesel oil, fuel oil, etc., and spills from transformers or capacitors on a utility pole

if the hazardous material involved is not a petroleum product, the incident will be upgraded as needed

1 Engine and 1 Ladder none
Level 1
A level 1 incident is defined as:

A spill of 10 Gallons to 50 Gallons of petroleum products

ie: Gasoline, diesel oil, fuel oil, etc

if the hazardous material involved is not a petroleum product, the incident will be upgraded as needed

1 Engine and 1 Ladder

*Haz-Mat/Title III Inspector (T-12, T-13, or T-14)

*District Fire Chief

*Special Unit H-2

none
Level 2
A level 2 incident is defined as:

A spill in excess of 50 Gallons of petroleum products

ie: Gasoline, diesel oil, fuel oil, etc

unconfirmed reports of chemical spills, leaking containers, process malfunction, accidents or fires producing irritating, corrosive or flammable vapors or other hazardous conditions

The incident commander will upgrade as needed

1 Engine and 1 Ladder

Haz-Mat/Title III Inspector (T-12, T-13, or T-14)

District Fire Chief

Special Unit H-2

*Haz-Mat Team
1 Engine and 1 Ladder
(Eng 22, 33, 53 Lad 15, 16)

*Haz-Mat Unit H-3

*Rehab/Mass Casualty Unit G-25

*Safety Chief H-1

*Mobile Command Post

*Boston Police Environmental Safety Group (P-1, P-2 or P-3)

(Special Unit H-2 may be released upon arrival of Haz-Mat Unit H-3)

*Deputy Fire Chief (Division) (C-6/C-7)

*Training Div Deputy Fire Chief W-1

*Emergency Management Division District Fire Chief G-2

*EMS District Fire Chief W-21

*Public Information Officer (C-22, C-23)

*Boston Fire Department Chemist C-26
(Only if the hazard is a chemical)

Level 3
A level 3 incident is defined as:

A Report by The Incident Commander of materials or conditions which require the use of chemical clothing, the evacuation of areas and buildings adjacent to the emergency incident or other extreme conditions necessitating additional equipment or specialty trained personnel

1 Engine and 1 Ladder

Haz-Mat/Title III Inspector (T-12, T-13, or T-14)

District Fire Chief

Haz-Mat Unit H-3

Safety Chief H-1

Boston Police Environmental Safety Group (P-1, P-2, or P-3)

Haz-Mat Team
1 Engine and 1 Ladder
(Eng 22, 33, 53 Lad 15, 16)

Mobile Command Post

Rehab/Mass Casualty Unit G-25

*2 (Decon)Engine Companies Eng 10, 20, 24, 39, 42, 49, 50, 51, 56)

*Deputy Fire Chief (Division) (C-6/C-7)

*Public Information Officer (C-22, C-23)

*Fire Investigation Unit K-4

*Department Photographer K-7

*Emergency Management Division Deputy Fire Chief G-1

Training Div Deputy Fire Chief W-1

Emergency Management Division District Fire Chief G-2

EMS District Fire Chief W-21

Boston Fire Department Chemist C-26
(Only if the hazard is a chemical)

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