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County Emergency Management Conducting Hazardous Materials Exercise

Posted February 18, 2015  06:50 am

COLUMBIA COUNTY, FL – The Columbia County Emergency Management Department will be conducting a hazardous materials exercise beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, February 20 at Florida Gateway College.

During this three-hour exercise Columbia County and Lake City emergency responders along with staff and faculty from Florida Gateway College will be working as a unified team of response professionals as they meet the challenges associated with the release of hazardous materials due to a chemistry laboratory accident.

Firefighters, EMS personnel, sheriff's deputies, police officers, health department officials and HazMat technicians are among the local responders that will be participating in the Columbia Chemical Calamity Exercise.

It is important for emergency responders from all the local agencies to train and exercise together. By constantly assessing our response capabilities during an exercise like Columbia Chemical Calamity we become better prepared to meet the disaster caused needs of the county's residents.

The exercise is paid for out of State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHSGP) money. It's an annual grant that can be used for a number of items. I choose to use it for training and exercises.

For additional information contact Emergency Management Director Shayne Morgan at (386)758-1383.

Shayne Morgan is Columbia County Director of Emergency Management

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