Delaware County Emergency Services operates the County’s only Certified Hazardous Materials Response Team.
On November 1st of 2018, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) issued our certification as a Hazardous Materials Response Team in accordance with the provisions of the Hazardous Materials Emergency Planning and Response Act, Act 165 of 1990, 35 P.S. SS 6022.101 et seq.
A Certified Hazardous Material Response Team is a group of individuals who are certified and organized by a Commonwealth agency, a local agency, a regional hazardous material organization, a transporter, a manufacturer, supplier or user of hazardous materials, or a volunteer service organization, or a private contractor, for the primary purpose of providing emergency response services to mitigate actual or potential immediate threats to public health and the environment in response to the release or threat of a release of a hazardous material, which is certified, trained and equipped in accordance with Act 165. Hazardous material response teams may also be certified to perform stabilization actions needed to remove threats to public health and the environment from hazardous material releases.
Led by Bob Marchisello, the 30 members of the Delaware County Hazardous Materials Response Team support local municipal, county, state, and federal responses to hazardous materials incidents. Activities include training and exercises, and response to emergency situations for the purpose of recognizing and managing a hazardous materials incident.