The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) has credentialed the Nashville Fire Department as a State Type 1 Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and high yield Explosives (CBRNE) team.
This prestigious designation signifies the department’s exceptional capabilities in handling hazardous materials and dangerous situations.
With over four decades of experience in hazardous materials response, the Nashville Fire Department has been at the forefront of protecting the community since 1978.
However, this recent credentialing from TEMA marks a significant milestone in their commitment to ensuring public safety.
“The Nashville Fire Department has had a HazMat team since 1978, making NFD’s team one of the first in the country.” NFD and Nashville Office of Emergency Management Director Chief William Swann said. “With this first-of-its-kind credentialing from TEMA to NFD we are certifying that we are better trained and equipped to handle various dangerous situations.”
The State Type 1 CBRNE team designation is the result of more than 10 years of rigorous training, strategic equipment acquisition, and thorough audits conducted by both state and federal agencies. The Nashville Fire Department has demonstrated exceptional dedication and expertise in preparing for and responding to incidents involving chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high yield explosive threats.
CBRNE incidents pose a significant risk to both public safety and societal stability. The NFD’s enhanced capabilities will enable them to effectively mitigate these threats, ensuring the well-being of the community and minimizing potential casualties. By achieving this credentialing, the department has solidified its position as a leader in emergency response within the state of Tennessee.
The Nashville Fire Department’s designation as the State Type 1 CBRNE team is a testament to their unwavering commitment to public safety. Their extensive training, acquisition of specialized equipment, and successful audits have positioned them as a trusted and reliable resource in times of crisis. The department’s achievement will undoubtedly bolster the confidence of the Nashville community and serve as a model for other emergency response agencies across the state.