A hazardous material (HM) is any one of thousands of chemicals, substances, or waste that if misused or released from its proper container or packaging, poses an unreasonable risk to one’s health and safety, and the environment.  These hazardous materials may be found in use in manufacturing facilities or in transit on the highway, railroad, waterway, or air.  Hazardous materials may even be found in the average home including such things as poisons, pesticides, fertilizers, corrosives, explosives, flammable and combustible liquids, and more.

All Barberton firefighters are trained to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Operations level. Three of our members are trained to the NFPA Technician level and serve on the Summit County Hazardous Materials Team.