The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office has a long standing tradition of being a progressive and proactive law enforcement agency. As such, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Hazmat Unit, in partnership with Oregon State Fire Marshall’s Office Regional Hazardous Material Teams, are dedicated toward protecting human life and the environment by responding to chemical emergencies or events and minimizing the dangers associated with those hazardous items. Members with Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Hazmat Unit respond with Oregon State Fire Marshall’s Office Hazardous Material Team #3 to hazardous material transportation and industrial emergencies in six Oregon counties; Multnomah, Clackamas, Wasco, Hood River, Jefferson, and Sherman County.
The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Hazmat Unit has eight sworn law enforcement members with specialized training in effectively managing hazardous material emergencies. Additionally, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Hazmat Unit respond to law enforcement investigation involving hazardous materials or chemicals. Hazmat Unit members attend a minimum of 160 hours of specialized training to become certified Hazardous Material Technicians. Hazmat Unit members have advanced certifications and continuing training and/or education in the following areas;
- Hazardous Material Specialist
- Hazardous Material Incident Commander
- Tank Car Specialist
- Highway Emergency Response Specialist
- Crude By Rail Emergency Response
- Weapons of Mass Destruction Technician
- Clandestine Drug Lab Specialist
- Advanced Clan Lab Specialist
The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Hazmat Unit also supports the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Special Investigation Unit with mitigating and processing Butane Honey Oil Labs and Clandestine Methamphetamine Drug Labs within Multnomah County.