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For Immediate Release
Contact:  Matt Schilling
614 | 466 7750

PUCO awards eight hazardous materials training grants

COLUMBUS, OHIO (June 11, 2013) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) has approved eight hazardous materials training grants totaling $117,400 to state and local government agencies across Ohio. The grants will be used to train more than 2,000 public safety and emergency services professionals.

The PUCO awarded the grants to the following:

  • Boardman Township Fire Department – The fire department will receive $20,250 to conduct hazardous material 40-hour Technician, Alternative Fuels and Incident Command courses that will train up to 234 fire service, law enforcement and emergency management students.
  • Chagrin/Southeast Council of Governments – The council will receive $17,000 towards conducting the Ohio Hazmat Teams Conference 2013 which will offer various refresher training courses for 300 emergency response staff.
  • City of Cleveland Division of Fire – The division of fire will receive $20,250 to train up to 344 emergency response staff in Confined Space, Hazardous Materials Chlorine/Other Gas Emergencies and Alternative Fuels courses.
  • City of Toledo Division of Environmental Services – The division will receive $20,250 to fund several hazardous materials courses that could train up to 750 fire emergency response staff.
  • Columbus Division of Fire - The division of fire will receive $6,000 to conduct the Ohio Hazmat Officer course for 60 fire service staff.
  • Dayton Regional Hazardous Materials Response Team – The response team will receive $2,500 to fund a Gasoline Cargo Tank Emergencies Workshop course that will train 90 fire service, law enforcement and EMS staff.
  • Greater Cincinnati Hazardous Materials Unit – The unit will receive $10,900 to fund the Hazmat IQ Above the Line, Below the Line course for 60 emergency response students. 
  • Summit County Special Operations Response Team – The response team will receive $20,250 to fund several hazardous material courses that will train 180 fire service staff.

The PUCO awards hazardous materials planning and training grants to local government subdivisions, educational institutions and state agencies in Ohio. Money for these grants comes from fines paid by hazardous material carriers and shippers. Individual grants are based upon applications to the PUCO and are awarded on a reimbursement basis.

The PUCO has regulatory authority to conduct audits, inspections, and safety reviews to evaluate the safety records, policies, and procedures of motor carriers, including hazardous materials carriers. The PUCO hazardous materials transportation program has been recognized by Battelle Memorial Institute as one of the best and most comprehensive such programs in the nation.

For more information about the PUCO’s hazardous materials planning and training grants program, please visit the motor carrier section of www.PUCO.ohio.gov.

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