The Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office Hazardous Materials Unit was formed in 1982. Team members are trained to respond to any calls involving leaks, spills, fires, explosions, train derailments or any other environmental or life-threatening emergency. Also, all members are certified to handle incidents involving weapons of mass destruction. The haz-mat team works closely with the Office of Homeland Security/Office of Emergency Preparedness and participates in local disaster drills on a regular basis. Members also train with area fire departments and other haz-mat teams so standardized procedures will assure expert handling of any emergency situation.