The Mt. Lebanon Fire Department responds to emergency and non-emergency hazardous materials incidents. The Department maintains the equipment and capabilities to manage events ranging from Level D (minor) to Level A (major) events while the Allegheny County Hazardous Materials Team is being deployed. Such incidents include actual or potential spills, leaks, and exposures to substances that pose a threat to life, health, and/or property. Twenty (20) personnel are certified to the Hazardous Materials Technician Level while the remaining staff is trained to the Operations Level.
The Mt. Lebanon Fire Department’s first unit benchmark is to respond to all hazardous materials events in 7 minutes and 20 seconds or less, total response time, 90% of the time. The first-due unit shall be staffed with a minimum of three (3) firefighters and be capable of establishing command and isolating the area. A fourth firefighter shall arrive within 1 minute 90% of the time.
The Department’s effective response force (ERF) assembly benchmark for Level “B” or greater hazardous materials events is to provide an effective response force (ERF) of twelve (12) firefighters in 13 minutes or less total response time, 90% of the time. The ERF shall be capable of establishing a perimeter in addition to the hot and cold zones, assisting with evacuations, conducting decontamination, suppressing related fires, and performing rescue of viable victims and/or administering emergency medical care. Assistance from the Allegheny County Hazardous Materials Team shall arrive within 30 minutes or less total response time, 90% of the time.