The responders are people with specialized training who are the first to arrive and provide assistance at the scene of an emergency, such as a fire, accident, natural disaster, chemical spill or act of terrorism. These include hazardous materials (haz mat) technicians, emergency medical technicians (EMT's) and firefighters.
Many of the BMS first responders are members of the Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) or Research organizations, according to John Welling, director, EHS & Emergency Services, Global Facilities and Engineering.
The team is multi-disciplined and well-trained. Many of the BMS responders are also firefighters in the communities where they live, and two are on New Jersey’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Urban Search and Rescue Team.