Hazardous Material Response Team

Portsmouth's Hazardous Materials Response Team is the lead component of Virginia's Southside Hampton Roads Regional Hazardous Materials Response Team. Portsmouth Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Services' (PFRES) HazMat Team responds within the city and throughout the region to hazardous materials incidents, providing containment and mitigation services.


Team members receive over twelve months of specialized training before they receive their state certification as hazardous materials technicians.

Disposal of Household Hazardous Waste

PFRES is not able to accept household hazardous waste for disposal. If you need to dispose of household hazardous waste or used motor oil, please deliver it to an approved Southern Public Service Authority (SPSA) site.  Locations and regulations for disposal may be found at SPSA's website.

Hazmat Team in Full Protective Gear Doing a Demonstration
Three Fire and Rescue Workers Learn About a Tool