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LEPD authorizes four to attend Haz-Mat training

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Local Emergency Planning District (LEPD) committee has approved sending four people to the annual Haz-Mat Symposium sponsored by the Missouri Emergency Response Commission's (MERC).

The symposium will provide the opportunity for various agencies to receive hazardous material training, provided this year by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Division of Fire Safety, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Civil Support, Department of Homeland Security, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and MERC.

Cost for attending is $175 per person. Those funds will be paid through the LEPD's Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness funding, a national grant program.

The LEPD will also pay attendees a per diem for daily meals and expenses. The symposium will be held at Tan-Tar-A Resort.

In other business, Bonnie Witt-Schulte said she is still waiting for Aurora Fire Chief Robert Ward to provide serial numbers and model numbers for the LEPD's conference phone, projector and projector table so the inventory process could be completed.

The 2012 Emergency Response Guides (ERG) have reportedly had printing delays and have not been sent to the printer. The guide is updated every four years.

Those guides are distributed to firefighters, police and other emergency services personnel who may be the first to arrive at the scene of a transportation incident involving hazardous material. It is primarily a guide to aid first responders in identifying the specific or generic classification of the materials involved in an incident, and protecting themselves and the public during the initial response phase.

The LEPD also:

* Heard that Miracle Recreation (PlayPower) donated funds to the Monett Fire Department to facilitate confined space training.

* Discussed hosting two propane firefighting classes, one in northern Lawrence County and one in southern Barry County.

* Encouraged industry members to consider participating in the Haz-Mat Team Challenge. The winning team will compete at the national event.

The next regular meeting of the LEPD will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 10 at the Monett Justice Center conference room, located at 1901 E. Cleveland Ave.

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