In 1977, the City of Westminster recognized the need for specialized personnel to handle hazardous materials spills and entered into an agreement with surrounding Adams County Fire Departments to form a team to provide this service.
More than a decade later, the Westminster Fire Department, joined by fire departments from Jefferson County took another giant step forward in HAZMAT response by spearheading the formation of a HAZMAT team to begin coverage for all Jefferson County. This team was the first of its kind in the nation being comprised of fire, police, government and private industry experts.
In 1995, the separate teams from both counties were combined through an inter-governmental agreement. This agreement forged the Adams/Jeffco Hazardous Response Authority. This team responds to any request by either county when emergency response or technical support is needed in the area of hazardous materials.
The team houses specialized response vehicles throughout Adams, Broomfield, and Jefferson Counties and is available for call out twenty-four hours a day.