Hazardous Materials Response
Southern Marin Fire Protection (SMFD) District has trained all of its line personnel as Hazardous Materials First Responders. This level of training gives firefighters the knowledge to protect the public and themselves at a Hazardous Materials release. To mitigate significant Hazmat incidents, the District contracts with the Marin County Hazardous Materials Team, as do all other departments in Marin County. Personnel from SMFD and various other Marin fire agencies staff this team. We are also a designated Decontamination Unit for incidents in the Southern Marin area.
The District has been proactive in the areas of Homeland Security and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). Fire personnel train regularly on subjects such as recognition and defense for chemical/biological events, Mass Casualty Incidents (MCI), and Mass Victim Decontamination. SMFD was the first fire organization in Marin County to equip personnel with the Mark I Nerve Agent Antidote Kits, and was instrumental in creating a countywide training program for them.
If you have hazardous materials in your home that you need to dispose of, the following information may be of interest to you:
Hazardous Waste Disposal in Marin County
All areas except Novato:
Marin Household Hazardous Waste Facility
565 Jacoby Street, San Rafael, CA
Residential waste disposal information and a complete description of what can be brought to the facility: (415) 485-6806
Business disposal information and appointments: (415) 485-5648
Novato Household Hazardous Waste Facility
operates on an appointment only basis
Residential information and appointment scheduling call: (415) 892-7344
Business information and appointment scheduling call: (415) 892-6395