Incident Response Program

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The Environmental Management Department’s Incident Response (IR) program was established in 1988 to provide on-site technical consultation and assistance to agencies responding to spills or releases of Hazardous Materials to protect public health and the environment and help maintain a safe community. 

EMD’s IR Program is administered throughout the County of Sacramento and its incorporated cities.

Program Overview

Typically, the IR Program is involved in emergency response activities related to

  • A local fire department or district responding to a emergency at a site having hazardous materials, such as a structure fire at a business storing chemicals (hazardous materials).
  • A local law enforcement agency, like the Sacramento County Sheriff, that has responded to a scene involving hazardous materials, such as a gasoline tanker truck rollover, abandoned chemical containers or an illegal drug lab on private property.
  • A citizen’s report of illegal dumping.
  • A follow up to an Environmental Management Department hazardous materials or hazardous waste inspection at a business.

EMD’s Role

The IR Program:

  • provides 24-hour incident response consultation and assistance through six staff that rotate on-call assignments in the program
  • safeguards public health through an on-site assessment of potential threats to people or the environment at scenes involving hazardous materials
  • ensures that proper disposal of hazardous materials occurs at incidents and oversees any necessary ongoing site clean-up
  • is responsible for ensuring that Sacramento County has an adequate plan for ensuring agency responsibilities and coordination related to incidents involving hazardous materials
  • is an integral participant in disaster planning and response training and exercises for the Sacramento region

EMD does not remove materials, clean up spills, or act as a first responder for environmental emergencies. 

Reporting A Spill or Incident

To report an in-progress hazardous materials emergency, spill, or incident, call 911.

To report abandoned containers or other non-emergency situations involving hazardous materials, call 311.  Your report will be directed by County personnel to the appropriate staff.

You may also visit the online 311 services page.

More Information

For more program information, please contact:

Sacramento County Environmental Management Department
Environmental Compliance Division
10590 Armstrong Avenue, Suite A
Mather, CA 95655-4153

916-875-8513 (fax)