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Oklahoma Regional Response System                 

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Overview

The Oklahoma Regional Response System was developed by the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security (OKOHS) and currently consists of 113 specialized resources located throughout the state of Oklahoma. More than $35 million in U.S. Department of Homeland Security (U.S. DHS) grant funding has been used for this project.

The system is comprised of different levels of specialized units capable of responding to chemical, biological, radioactive, nuclear and explosive (CBRNE) incidents, agriculture emergencies, technical rescue incidents and natural disasters. The Regional Response System units are standardized across the state and contain interoperable communications devices providing for more effective and efficient training, exercising and response.

Participating state and local agencies across Oklahoma have agreed to respond to local, regional and statewide public safety incidents. These agencies have designated team members representing multiple jurisdictions that participate in their response team.The local community or state agency has primary responsibility for the unit including storage, maintenance and replenishment of supplies, and ensuring the team members are trained to the required level.

Regional Response System Training

OKOHS provides training to all Regional Response System teams. The training courses have been specifically developed for the Regional Response System and have been approved by the Department of Homeland Security's Training and Exercise Integration Division. All Regional Response System courses are delivered at no cost and are scheduled to meet the needs of the response agencies. 

All Regional CBRNE teams are required to have 20 team members, with at least five (5) Hazardous materials Operations Level members and 15 Hazardous Materials Technician Level members. 

All Intermediate CBRNE teams are required to have nine (9) team members, with at least two (2) Operations level and seven (7) technician level team members. All Rescue teams are required to have nine (9) team members with all being Hazardous Materials Operations level.  

For Intermediate Technical Rescue Trailers, each team member must be trained to Hazardous Materials Operations and complete the following rescue courses: Structural Collapse Operations, Rope Operations I & II, Trench Rescue and Confined Space Rescue. 

Registration is available at the Oklahoma State University-Fire Service Training Events Calendar. Regional Response System members will be given preference for all Hazardous Materials training and Rescue training; however, we highly encourage all Oklahoma emergency responders to attend any scheduled courses.  

If you would like to schedule a Hazardous Materials or Rescue Training course, please complete the following forms and fax to OKOHS (405)425-7295 or visit the OKOHS  Training and Exercise page for more information.

Units Within the Regional Response System 

For additional information regarding each type of unit, click on the navigation links at the left.

Last Updated: March 2021

CONTACT INFORMATION


Mike Mahoney

Regional Response System Coordinator
(405) 425-7274
Email Mike


ACTIVATION


In the event that a Regional Response System resource is needed, contact the Oklahoma Emergency Management office at (800) 800-2481.