Members of the Fire Department are required to be trained by the State to the Hazardous Materials Operational level. Firefighters are trained to contain hazardous materials spills and evacuate residents as needed. We are fortunate in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to have one of the best hazardous materials response teams in the country. The Massachusetts Department of Fire Services operates the hazardous materials teams which are headquartered out of their facility in Stow. The team is staffed by members of the Massachusetts fire service. This benefits the Town of Upton because it means that members of the team are available to respond to Town from other nearby communities. In the event of a hazardous materials incident in Upton, the State Haz Mat team would be called to respond and assist the Upton Fire Department. The G&U and its contractor have considerable expertise in preventing and handling spills, and they, in effect, would be the first responders dealing with any such situation.
In the event of an emergency incident at the railroad the Town also has several other local State and Federal agencies that may be called upon to respond or assist such as the State Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), The National Emergency Response Center, Chemtrec, and foam resources from Fire District 7, District 14, and District 8.