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Environmental Emergency Response Field Services Unit

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The Environmental Emergency Response/Field Services Section includes the Field Services Unit, which, in addition to performing emergency response duties, provides field support services for client programs within the department and other state agencies. Staff are part of the Environmental Emergency Response section and help provide field sampling support as needed on emergency response incidents that occur throughout the state. Consequently, staff are not only sampling experts, but are cross-trained as Environmental Emergency Response Duty Officers and On-scene Coordinators for the department.

Field Services Unit staff provide field support to the department’s Hazardous Waste Program.  Unit personnel have the training, experience and equipment to conduct field investigations that involve collection and analysis of various environmental media and potential hazardous wastes at Superfund sites, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act-regulated facilities, leaking underground storage tank sites, and emergency response incidents.

The unit provides clients with technical document reviews, environmental assessment services, equipment, and extensive field sampling support services at a variety of abandoned hazardous waste sites, regulated facilities, and petroleum tank sites.

Personnel are proficient with several pieces of specialized in-house equipment used to collect high quality soil, water, and air samples for analysis. The department’s in-house laboratory analyzes a majority of samples collected to provide managers the information necessary to make decisions and assess risks posed by individual sites.

Field Services Unit Summary Report, Fiscal Year 2012

Field Services Unit Accomplishments, Fiscal Year 2011

Field Work Requested/Work Completed, Fiscal Year 2011

Environmental Emergency Response Photo Gallery

Examples of in-house equipment available for use at investigations include:

Staff using a ground penetrating radarGround Penetrating Radar


Field gas chromatography/mass spectroscopyField gas chromatography/ mass spectroscopy (Hapsite®)

staff using a hydraulic soil probeHydraulic soil probe

robotic camera systemRobotic camera system

Infrared spectrophotometerInfrared spectrophotometer
Sensor HazMat ID

flashpoint testerFlashpoint tester

Portable instrument used for determining the flammability of a liquid in assessing potential hazards.




thermal imaging cameraThermal Imaging Camera  thermal imaging camera

Imaging based on heat signature

Applications may include:




qualitative air monitoring instrumentsVarious qualitative air monitoring instruments

Instruments are used to screen atmospheres and provide real-time information to personnel about potential hazards present.




water quality instrumentsWater quality instruments

Field Services staff utilize instruments such as pH, specific conductivity, and dissolved oxygen meters in assessing the water quality of surface water, wastewater and groundwater.




pumps for water samplingVarious pumps for water sampling

Field Services staff have several types of pumps (e.g., submersible, peristaltic, and small diameter mechanical bladder pumps) available for use in groundwater sampling investigations.