Hazardous Materials Response


The Hazardous Materials Response Fund was established in 1996 to account for responses to hazardous materials spills. The Northwest Wisconsin Hazardous Materials Taskforce is a joint venture between Eau Claire Fire and Rescue and Chippewa Falls Fire and Emergency Services. The team is contracted with the State of Wisconsin to deliver hazardous materials response to a statewide area – primarily northwestern Wisconsin. City of Eau Claire tax dollars are not used to operate the team; the State of Wisconsin provides grant funding. The team is designated a Type 1 team (one of only two in the state) and thus capable of responding to incidents involving Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD).


  • Respond to hazardous materials (hazmat) incidents to provide mitigation.
  • Provide consultation for emergency responders concerning haz mat situations they may encounter.
  • Provide outreach presentations to law enforcement, emergency medical services, fire departments, civic groups and local government personnel throughout response area.
  • Conduct training according to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards. To reach this goal, we send personnel to the Wisconsin Area Hazardous Materials Responders (WAHMR) conference to attend numerous classes and share the information upon their return.
  • Participate in annual hazardous materials response drills and table top exercises throughout the region.


  • The Wisconsin State Lab of Hygiene provided training for multiple team members on sampling procedures, State protocols, and instrument monitoring skills that included practical exercises.
  • Trained team members in the operation of instruments and equipment as an annual refresher, along with fundamentals training to established JPRs.
  • Three team members attended the annual WAHMR multi-day conference in Stevens Point.
  • Hazmat outreach programs continued as team members visited Township Fire Department, UWEC’s Science program classes, Altoona Fire Department, and the Buffalo County Chiefs’ Association. Team capabilities and equipment demonstrations were conducted.
  • The 54th Civil Support Team (CST) from Madison conducted training in Eau Claire with team members participating in a full day of classroom and hands-on activities.
  • Captain Jeremy Stary attended a five-day training at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston, AL.
  • Team members responded to Stanley, WI, to assist the mitigation of a tanker truck carrying hazardous materials that had rolled over.

42 Personnel are assigned to the Hazardous Materials Response Team

  • 29 Members from Eau Claire Fire Department.
  • 13 Members from Chippewa Falls Fire Department.

HAZMAT Revenues & Other Financing Sources

HAZMAT Expenditures & Other Financing Uses