HEALTH AND SAFETY
HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCE EMERGENCY RESPONSE ACT
39-7106. Local emergency response authorities — Powers and duties. (1) Every local emergency response authority designated in or pursuant to this chapter will respond to a hazardous substance incident occurring within its jurisdiction in a fashion consistent with the Idaho hazardous materials emergency incident command and response plan except as provided in a private emergency response plan. The local emergency response authority will also respond to a hazardous substance incident which initially occurs within its jurisdiction but which spreads to another jurisdiction. If a hazardous substance incident occurs on a boundary between two (2) jurisdictions or in an area where the jurisdiction is not readily ascertainable, the first local emergency response authority to arrive at the scene of the incident will perform the initial emergency response.
(2) The incident commander shall declare the hazardous substance incident ended when the threat to public health and safety has ended and the threat to the environment has been minimized.
(3) Mutual aid agreements or contracts are encouraged among governmental entities, private parties, local emergency response authorities and the military division in order to safely respond to hazardous substance incidents. Further, mutual aid agreements are encouraged among governmental entities, local emergency response authorities and the military division with other similar entities in other states and Canada in order to ensure appropriate response to hazardous substance incidents.
(4) Any local emergency response authority designated in or pursuant to the provisions of section 39-7105, Idaho Code, may request the military division to provide assistance consistent with the Idaho hazardous materials emergency incident command and response plan.
[39-7106, added 1991, ch. 242, sec. 1, p. 587; am. 1997, ch. 121, sec. 4, p. 361.]