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Hazmat Support Appliance
Specialist, State-wide response, Hazardous Materials Support appliance

CFS has a specialist Hazmat Support appliances located at strategic locations around the state, to provides a State Support during incidents involving Hazardous Materials, such as Road Crashes, Industrial Accidents and spills involving toxic substances.

Specialist Hazmat appliances can be deployed to provide additional equipment and personnel to an incident.

The equipment carried on this appliance includes some sophisticated detection equipment, which are taken into an suspect area, to assist in the identification of a substance. This can assist the crews to identify a substance, and hence determine the safest way of dealing with it.

In addition to the Specialist Hazmat, some brigades carry basic Hazmat equipment and extra Breathing Apparatus sets on their standard appliance - often a 34 or 34P. Several brigades have a Hazmat trailer, which carries extra equipment to deal with Hazmats.


The equipment will vary minimally as all the equipment is generally stored in the unit, and will usually include:

  • Lighting
  • Generator
  • Splash suits
  • Gas tight suits
  • Gas detection system
  • Temperature detector
  • Chemical containment, neutralisation and decontamination equipment
  • Tent

Please Note: The above information is provided as an example of a typical appliance of this type. Actual equipment and configuration of appliances may vary to suit requirements of the station to which it belongs.