Almost 80 receive emergency response training
The Guam Environmental Protection Agency (Guam EPA) recently successfully completed a $24,000 grant from the Department of Transportation.
The grant provided training in hazardous materials response, the safe transport of hazardous materials and technical training for individuals responding to potentially hazardous situations. A total of 78 people attended the trainings including staff from Guam EPA, the Guam Fire Department, Guam Police Department, Guam Department of Revenue and Taxation, Guam Homeland Security and the Port Authority of Guam.
The training also included courses about air monitoring and how to control and contain emergency situations that hazardous materials. The grant helped seven of Guam EPA’s staff achieve certification as Hazardous Material Specialists.
“Making sure our first responders and environmental mangers are properly trained to respond is a key part of successfully managing complex situations,” said Guam EPA Administrator Eric M. Palacios. “Training our public sector hazardous response team improves their knowledge base and increases the chance of a safe and successful response during an emergency situation. This grant has helped better-prepare Guam’s public sector hazardous waste response team to protect the people and environment from hazardous materials.”
Hazardous materials are regulated by local and federal law, including the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know (EPCRA) Act. EPCRA also mandates reporting and labeling of hazardous materials to assist responders when they arrive on scene.
The grant was managed through Guam EPA’s Green Parcel Program.
For more information about the grant or Guam EPA’s emergency response capabilities, contact Tammy Jo Anderson Taft at 300-4761/988-7582 or email TammyJoAnderson.Taft@epa.guam.gov.