HazMat / WMD

Essex County Hazardous Materials and Weapons of Mass Destruction

Joseph Norton

HazMat/WMD Coordinator
(518) 873-3908

About the HazMat/WMD Team

The Essex County Office of Emergency Services HazMat/WMD Team assists local response agencies Fire/Police and EMS with response and recovery for incidents involving hazardous materials or WMD in Essex County. 

Our HazMat/WMD Response Team also functions as part of a large Regional HazMat/WMD Response Consortium with Clinton, Franklin, Hamilton, St. Lawrence, Washington and Warren Counties.

  • Provides technical and administrative support for HazMat/WMD issues to Fire, Police and EMS agencies.
  • Maintains an inventory of PPE, Decontamination, metering and containment equipment and supplies for use during response within our county and region.
  • Administers training programs and conducts exercises relative to HazMat/WMD for team members as well as all local first responders.
  • Maintains fit testing equipment for use by team members and first response partners in order to maintain compliance with OSHA standards.
  • Administers County CEMP annex for HazMat/WMD response.
  • Serves as information resource to governmental and local agencies regarding Hazardous Materials response.