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For Immediate Release
Contact:  Matt Schilling
614 | 466 7750

PUCO awards eight hazardous materials training grants

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Dec. 18, 2013) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) has approved eight hazardous materials training grants totaling $334,550 to state and local government agencies across Ohio. The grants will be used to train more than 2,300 public safety and emergency services professionals.

The PUCO awarded the grants to the following:

  • Chemical Emergency Preparedness Advisory Council – The council will receive $24,200 for instructional costs to conduct an exercise that will feature a simulated incident involving the transport of a hazardous chemical to a fixed facility and several hazardous material courses that will train 60 emergency responders.
  • Cumberland Trail Fire District #4 – The district will receive $6,950 to conduct air monitoring training for 40 fire service students.
  • Dayton Regional Hazardous Materials Response Team – The team will receive $2,500 to conduct tank truck emergencies workshops to 90 fire service, law enforcement, emergency medical service and other emergency response professionals.
  • Hamilton County Emergency Management Agency/LEPC – The county emergency management agency/LEPC will receive $9,800 to conduct a training exercise featuring a simulated incident involving the transportation of hazardous materials for 70 fire service, law enforcement and other emergency response professionals.
  • Paulding County LEPC – The county LEPC will receive $5,950 to conduct the Above the Line/Below the Line hazardous material course that will train 25 fire service, law enforcement, emergency medical service and other emergency response professionals.
  • Summit County Special Operations Response Team – The team will receive $22,497 to conduct three tank truck emergencies workshops to 90 fire service students.
  • City of Toledo Division of Environmental Services – The city’s division of environmental services will receive $44,541.60 to fund emergency response awareness and hazardous material courses that will train 580 fire service, law enforcement and other emergency response professionals.
  • The University of Findlay – The university will receive $218,112 to fund 54 courses on hazardous materials available to volunteer emergency responders throughout Ohio during the 2014 education cycle.

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 of 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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