Sheriff's Office

Hazardous Materials & Technical Rescue Team


The Ottawa County Hazardous Materials & Technical Rescue Team (OCHMTRT) consist of two teams of volunteers who are trained to respond to a variety of situations, from a hazardous Materials release to a building collapse. The Hazardous Materials Team members are trained to the advanced technician level and are prepared to respond to and mitigate incidents involving hazardous materials. The team trains monthly using practical training situations to simulate hazardous material releases at facilities within the County. The Tech Rescue team members are certified firefighters capable of responding to incidents involving confined spaces, trench and structural collapses, as well as vehicle and heavy equipment extrication. The team trains monthly as well on various scenarios ranging from high rise practical training to trench rescue training.

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Funding for the team is provided by twenty-four local political jurisdictions, Ottawa County and generous donations by businesses within the County. If your business would like to make a donation, participate in a training exercise with the team, or if you would like more information, please call the Emergency Management Office.

The team is currently accepting applications for new members!
Please call: (616) 738-4051


  • Gary A. Rosema


  • 12220 Fillmore Street
    West Olive, MI 49440
  • Phone: (616) 738-4000
    FAX: (616) 738-4062
  • In Ottawa County:
    (888) 731-1001
  • Monday - Friday:
    8:00am - 5:00pm

Emergency Management

  • Beth Thomas, PEM
  • Phone: (616) 738-4050
  • Leah DeLano
    Homeland Security
    Regional Planner
  • Phone: (616) 738-4616
  • Derek Schroeder
    LEPC & HazMat/Tech
    Rescue Team Coordinator
  • Phone: (616) 738-4051
  • Christine Saddler
    Records Processing Clerk
  • Phone: (616) 738-4052