Minnesota has 11 Chemical Assessment Teams (CATs) which are composed of a minimum of nine trained personnel. One hazardous materials specialist and two technicians must be available to respond at all times.
Support During an Emergency
CATs provide local incident commanders with:
- Technical support and monitoring
- Professional responders trained to exceed OSHA and NFPA competencies
- Specialized equipment and reference materials
- Additional support and/or follow-up by other state agencies as needed
The primary responsibilities of a CAT at an incident scene are:
- Hazard assessment
- Technical assistance
- Simple mitigation
- Basic decontamination
CATs are capable of sampling for unknown identification of substances and materials as well as:
- Air monitoring
- Plume projection
- Evacuation/sheltering recommendations
- Over pack/containment of a container
- Sample collection (not evidence)
CATs are not allowed to assume overall command of a local incident; they cannot clean up or transport hazardous materials, mitigate explosive devices or clandestine drug labs, or respond to waste abandonment/abandoned barrel calls.
Emergency Response Guidebook
This guidebook is used by first responders during a transportation incident involving dangerous goods and/or hazardous materials.