The Hazardous Incident Response Team (HIRT) was organized in 1989 to offer a response and control capability to the public and our community’s industry. The Hazardous Incident Response Team’s mission is to protect lives, property, and the environment from the dangers created by man-made and natural hazards.
Presently, HIRT is composed of fifteen members of the Morristown Fire Department. All members have attended a minimum of 100 hours of specialized hazardous materials training and are recognized by the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency as Hazardous Materials Technicians. Members maintain technician status by attending a minimum of four hours in-house training each month. Five of the fifteen team members have attended over 250 hours of specialized hazardous materials training. The Deputy Fire Chief has oversight responsibility for the team.The Hazardous Incident Response Team’s goal for the future is to continue to provide response personnel trained in Hazardous Incident Response and Operations. Such operations will include but are not limited to, stopping or limiting the cause of the incident in conjunction with the isolation and protection of the incident scene. Related activities would include the evacuation of affected populations, protection of property where practical, containing the hazard with available resources, reducing the possibility of the incident escalating, and to reduce the incident’s impact on the environment by limiting contamination of air, water, and soil.
The HIRT works closely with industry, local emergency planners, and citizens groups to mitigate possible problems and to preplan for emergencies. Their goal is to eliminate the need for action but to be prepared to respond if needed.Citizens with questions can call 423-585-4651 or 423-585-4656.