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Annual N.W.O.H. Hazmat Conference takes place

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The Northwest Ohio Hazmat Conference took place at the University of Findlay on Saturday, where around 15 counties spent the day getting valuable hazmat training and seeing what new technology is out there to help them. The Northwest Ohio Hazmat Conference took place at the University of Findlay on Saturday, where around 15 counties spent the day getting valuable hazmat training and seeing what new technology is out there to help them.

The Northwest Ohio Hazmat Conference took place at the University of Findlay on Saturday, January 13, 2018 where around 15 counties spent the day getting valuable hazmat training and seeing what new technology is out there to help them. Allen County Emergency Management Director Tom Berger says that the conference helps to keep the hazmat team on their best game for when a problem arises.

"Allen County, we have a Type One hazmat team which means we're able to respond to any known or unknown hazards," says Berger. "Anytime we have an opportunity to be able to go out an train, it helps sharpen out skills so when we do come upon an incident or, say, a suspicious substance we're able to properly test that sample, make sure it's safe."

The conference covers a wide range of topics from civil support and emergency response plans to white power letter response and drones. For most of the counties attending the conference, hazmat situations are rare but Allen County sees a couple per month and often gets called to surrounding counties to assist with hazmat response.

"For Allen County, we do probably about 50 to 60 calls a year for hazmat," says Berger. "That can be anything from a vehicle that's spilled fuel on the road to a release from one of the refinery complexes, to someone dumping fuel down a sewer drain. It all depends on what's happening in the area."

This is the seventh year for the conference, and Allen County has participated for around five years now.

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