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For Immediate Release
Contact:  Matt Schilling
614 | 466 7750

PUCO awards seven hazardous materials training grants

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Jan. 10, 2013) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) has approved seven hazardous materials training grants totaling $355,423 to state and local government agencies across Ohio. The grants will be used to train more than 3,500 public safety and emergency services professionals.

The PUCO awarded the grants to the following:

  • Cincinnati State Technical and Community College – The college will receive $88,660 to conduct hazardous material 40-hour Technician and hazardous material 8-hour Refresher courses that will train 435 fire service, law enforcement and emergency management students.
  • Department of Public Utilities, City of Columbus – The agency will receive $60,009.20 to fund several Hazwoper courses that will train 1,498 emergency response staff. 
  • Cumberland Trail Fire District #4 – The district will receive $7,195 to conduct hazardous material IQ courses for 42 fire service students. 
  • Fairfield County Local Emergency Planning Committee – The county will receive $8,207 to fund hazardous material courses that will train 229 fire service and law enforcement students.
  • The University of Findlay – The university will receive $175,100 to fund 56 courses on hazardous materials available to emergency responders during the 2013 education cycle.
  • Chemical Emergency Preparedness Advisory Council – The council will receive $1,692 for instructional costs to conduct several hazardous material courses that will train 620 fire and emergency service students.
  • Summit County Emergency Management Agency – The county will receive $14,560 to fund several hazardous material courses that will train 72 emergency response students.

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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