The Greenville County Emergency Response Team (ERT) is made up of volunteers from various fire, emergency, and law enforcement agencies in the county. The team is responsible for responding to the accidental or intentional release or spill of dangerous chemical, biological, fuels, pesticides, or even radiological/nuclear agents into the environment.
Typically, the Greenville County team responds to spills of liquid and gaseous agents resulting from container failure, transportation accidents or human error. The most frequent utilization of the ERT involves fuel spills and propane gas leaks.
It is estimated that in an average year, one out of every three trains and one out of every ten trucks is carrying some type of hazardous material. Greenville County has more than 1,400 miles of state-maintained highways, numerous railroad lines, and many industrial manufacturing plants that use hazardous materials.