HazMat Team Spotlight: Cheyenne WY, Fire Department

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Other apparatus housed at Station 1 includes Engine 1 a 1995 Seagrave 1500 gpm pumper and Truck 1 a 2001 Pierce 100 foot aerial platform quint with a 2000 gpm pump.

Staffing

Cheyenne's hazmat team is not a dedicated team. When a request for hazmat response is received the teams 20 members are activated using a pager system. They then provide personnel for the teams vehicles.

Mutual Aid

Warren Air Force Base has a hazmat response unit along with 2 engines and a truck. Also stationed in Cheyenne is the 84th Civil Support Team of the Wyoming National Guard. Both provide mutual aid to the Cheyenne team upon request.

Training Requirements

Hazmat personnel take an operations course, an 80 hour technician course at Pueblo, Colorado, have monthly in house training sessions and send personnel to the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland for Chemistry and Operating Site Practices. They have also sent personnel to the TTC's Tank Car, Highway and Incident Commander courses. All firefighters in the city are trained to the operations level with annual refresher training provided.

Monitoring Instruments & Identification Equipment

Monitoring capabilities include:

  • Hazmat ID Chemical Identifiers
  • Draeger miniwarns
  • Draeger x-am 3000's
  • Hazmat CAD chemical agent detectors
  • Draeger CAS kits
  • Draeger 4-gas detectors
  • Chemical Badges
  • Guardian Bio Threat Sampling kits
  • Multi-Rae 2000's
  • Bio-Threat Kit

Radiation Monitors:

  • Inspector radiation monitor

Identification Kits:

  • HAZCAT

Personnel Protective Equipment

Level A

  • Kappler Responder
  • Kappler Tychem TK
  • Chemron Chemrel Max

Level B

  • Kappler CPF System 2's and 3's

Respiratory Protection

  • MSA Stealth SCBA with 60 minute bottles
  • MSA Respirators

Communications

  • Motorola Walk-A-Bouts, plus Motorola XTS5000R's

Research Resources

Hard Copy Reference Books

  • ERG
  • NIOSH pocket guides
  • Medical Management of Chemical Casualties Handbook
  • Farm Chemicals Handbook
  • Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary
  • Firefighter's Hazmat Reference Book
  • Lewis ' Hazardous Chemicals Desk Reference
  • Genium's Handbooks of Safety, Health and Environmental Data
  • Brethericks' Handbook of Reactive Chemical Hazards
  • Chemical Protective Clothing Performance Index
  • Hazmat Response Handbook
  • Emergency Handling of Hazardous Materials in surface Transportation
  • The MERCK Index
  • HazCat MSDS's
  • Crop Protection Reference
  • GATX Tank and Freight-car Manual
  • Emergency Action Guides
  • CHRIS Manuals
  • Dangerous Properties of Industrial Materials

Standard Operating Procedures/Guidelines

Check with the City of Cheyenne Hazmat Team for specific SOP/SOG's

Hazardous Materials Exposures

Transportation exposures in Cheyenne include Interstates 25 and 80, pipelines and major Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail yards. Materials transported cover the range of DOT hazard classes. Radioactive materials are shipped on the interstates as well. Fixed facilities include oil refineries, tanks farms, power plants, propane, anhydrous ammonia storage tanks, hydrogen fluoride and chlorine.

Contact Information:

For additional information or questions, contact:
Jim Martin
Battalion Chief, Shift 1
2101 O'Neil Avenue
Cheyenne, WY 82001
(307) 637-6320 - Office
(307) 421-8365 - Cell
E-mail jmartin@cheyennecity.org
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