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Hazardous Materials

Berrien County Hazardous Materials Regional Response Team

The BC Hazmat team was formed in 1981, in response to a tragic train derailment in Berrien County that resulted in the death of a Michigan State Police Trooper.  The team consists of 15 members of the Sheriff's Office, who are specially trained to deal with a wide variety of hazardous materials.   They range from chemicals, biological agents, radioactive products, nuclear and explosives. 

The team has mutual aid agreements with two of the three neighboring counties (Van Buren and Cass).   The Berrien County Hazardous Materials Team is a member of the State of Michigan Regional Response Team Network (RRTN).  We are one of 16 RRT's in the State.  The RRTN consists of 16 teams capable of responding State wide with interoperable equipment and communications.  When activated, the RRT's become a task force which operates within the command structure of the requesting jurisdiction.



919 Port Street
St. Joseph, MI 49085
(269) 983-7141
BCSD Niles Substation
1205 N. Front Street
Niles, MI 49120
(269) 684-5274
BCSD Watervliet Twp Substation
4959 M 140
Watervliet, MI 49098
(269) 463-5495
Deputies may be on patrol
Four Winds Substation
19279 Kinst Road
New Buffalo, MI 49117
(269) 756-9571 ext. 7603
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