Emergency Response

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[When asked about Ocean Blue’s responsive culture] It’s a lot harder to get 8 technicians to respond within 30 minutes, versus getting 20 technicians to respond within 4 hours. We specialize in the former.
— Ron Dare, General Manager

Every day on average in the Southern California area, Ocean Blue responds to four emergency HAZMAT situations—which amounts to over 30,000 HAZMAT spills in the last 24 years. We are the most experienced & well-equipped emergency responder. Our personnel are experienced in responding to spills on both land & water.

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CHEMICAL FireS

Project Manager Ed Acosta responding to a Facility chemical fire running 1 mile into the local channel.

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trusted response

Ocean Blue caters to government clientele. We are transparent, fast & thorough.

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Ocean Spills

We respond to any spill, big or small in the Southern California area. On land and/or water.

                                                     Ocean Blue responding to a spill at a local airport.

                                                    Ocean Blue responding to a spill at a local airport.


Types of Spills

Ocean Blue responds to just about any Hazmat spill. Below are some examples of different spills we respond to.

Oil Spills

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sewage releases

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Tanker Rollovers

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Trauma Scenes

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Plane Crashes

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Underground

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Cargo Spills

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Factory Fires

Marine Spills


Equipment

                                                                 Our fleet of Vacuum trucks

                                                                Our fleet of Vacuum trucks

Through the utilization of the most modern emergency response equipment and highly trained personnel, Ocean Blue responds quickly & professionally to wide varieties of emergency and non-emergency spill situations. Ocean Blue is known for fast and exemplary service. Clientele simply  make one phone call to our dispatcher, and  we respond with a Supervisor  & crew within minutes, to any situation, on land or water, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

                                                     Our fleet of Stake-bed & Box-van gear trucks

When there’s a spill we understand time is of the essence. We also understand initial containment is critical to spill cleanup. To ensure we are always ready to respond, our workforce employs the most 1st-responder supervisors in Southern California. All supervisors drive their own utility trucks, which they take home.  Supervisors will respond directly to the spill site, not via Ocean Blue’s yard. All our supervisors carry sandbags, sorbent materials, brooms and shovels to assist in containing the spill. All managerial resumes are available upon request.

                     Our fleet of Supervisor trucks (these trucks are all take-home, to ensure a quicker response)

                    Our fleet of Supervisor trucks (these trucks are all take-home, to ensure a quicker response)

Our Long Beach facility has (4) Emergency Response Units (ERUs) capable of containing, categorizing, packaging and decontaminating various types of spills. Our ERUs are custom-made with our specs in mind. For example we have water tanks/pumps installed to decontaminate contaminated persons/items in the hot zone. We also have specific boxes made to hold our specialized equipment listed below. Our newest Emergency Response Vehicle is equipped with a clean burning natural gas engine that can run continuously on site for (4) days before refueling. Our entire fleet—including our ERUs—all have traffic control lighting to work in terminals, streets and highways. Below is a list of what our ERUs come pre stocked with:

      Our towable fleet of pressure washers, air compressors, light towers, arrow boards, trailers, decon stations etc.

     Our towable fleet of pressure washers, air compressors, light towers, arrow boards, trailers, decon stations etc.


Confined Space Entry

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With years of field experience and the most current safety equipment available, Ocean Blue provides clients with a safe, cost-effective confined space program. The National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) estimates that millions of private industry workers may be exposed to various hazards while working in confined spaces. Confined space entries may possess one or all of the “big three” confined space hazards – oxygen deficiency, toxic materials, and fire/explosion conditions; in fact, most injuries occur during rescue. Ocean Blue has established a safety program in accordance to 29 CFR 1926.21, 29 CFR 1910.146 and NIOSH 80-106 for identifying and evaluating confined spaces to determine acceptable entry conditions. All field personnel provided by Ocean Blue are fully trained for work in confined space and in atmospheres immediately dangerous to life and health.


When you’re shopping for an emergency responder, test them. Call them at 3:00am and see what kind of professionalism you’ll get. Examine the back of their trucks, do they have containment materials? i.e. shovels, brooms, absorbent, sand bags, boom. Are they ready to contain your spill as soon as they arrive on scene? You’ll find that we are. Don’t be scared.
— Edmund Acosta a.k.a. "Fast Eddie", Project Manager
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