Special Operations

Hazardous Materials Team (HAZMAT)

The Harford County HAZMAT Team is a highly skilled regional asset that is trained and equipped to respond to incidents that involve a release or a potential release of a dangerous substance.  The HAZMAT Team is experienced, well-trained, and maintains a variety of state-of-the-art instrumentation to detect and analyze materials that have the potential to threaten life, property, and/or the environment.

Technical Rescue Team (TRT)

Newly adopted by the Harford County Department of Emergency Services in 2014, the TRT Team has been in operation since 2005 under the direction of the Volunteer Fire and EMS Association. The team consists of 46 highly multi trained volunteer members, 5 part-time DES Crew Chiefs, 1 full time Manager and a countless number of Volunteer Fire and EMS members trained as TRT task force members that help us complete our mission to assist and coordinate life-saving efforts in the search, extrication, and the safeguarding of trapped victims during natural, man-made accidents and or disasters. Members of the TRT Team will strive to follow the most current rescue methodology and practices in providing the safest, most expedient, and cost-effective technical rescue operations available.