Hazardous material (hazmat) spills may include chemical, radiation, biohazard, propane, oil and gas, flammable materials, industrial products and mixed waste.

Preparing for Hazmat Spills

  • Be prepared to evacuate if instructed by authorities by following your emergency plan and taking your family's emergency kits.
  • Listen to the radio and television to find out what areas may be affected.

Hazmat Response in the Capital Region

The CRD's Hazmat Response Service

Established in 2006, the Hazmat Response Service provides a system for the timely response to Hazardous Material (Hazmat) emergency incidents in the Capital Region. This is truly a regional program, drawing from the expertise and dedication of all fire departments within the CRD.

How was the service developed?

A strong partnership between the CRD and the Greater Victoria Fire Chief's Association has allowed the development of great efficiencies in the region. The CRD now provides a central store of specialized equipment, currently housed and maintained by the Central Saanich Fire Department.

Over 60 fire fighters, representing departments from throughout the region, are trained as Hazmat Response Technicians. Basic levels of training and equipment have also been provided to a large percentage of our fire responders.

What happens if there is a spill?

The local fire department will send a crew to identify and assess the situation and secure the area. The Ministry of Environment, the local department will have the ability to draw on the regional resources (equipment and technicians) to mitigate the situation. They will also work with the Ministry of Environment and responsible parties to contain the spill and minimize the impact to safety or the environment.

To Report a Hazardous Material Spill call 911

You can contact the Ministry of Environment for toxic spills, discharges, emissions, as well as dyke and dam failures, debris flows, and floods at 1.800.663.3456