Somerset forming county-run haz-mat unit #hazmat #pahazmat

Bernie Hornick
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat The Cumberland Times-News Thu Mar 17, 2011, 07:47 AM EDT

— SOMERSET, Pa. — Somerset County is moving toward a county-run hazardous materials team now that a fire department squad said it can no longer handle the task.

County commissioners on Tuesday formally named a 13-member Hazmat Team Transition Committee. The panel will steer the county toward its own volunteer unit by summer.

“I’d like to thank these members for their willingness to work for Somerset County,” President Commissioner Pamela Tokar-Ickes said.

The committee will be working out a range of details, including where the team will be based. Tokar-Ickes said the county would be supporting the unit by offering administrative and clerical assistance.

More than two dozen county residents have received hazmat training and more are expected to step forward, she said.

The transition team will include, from the Somerset Volunteer Fire Department, Chairman Gary Thomas, Jerry Lyons, Dan Buck Sr., Steve Miller and Jim Clark, who also represents the county fire chief’s association.

Others are Gerald Perry, Berlin; Terry Phillips, Scalp Level-Paint; Joel Landis, county 911 and Berlin; and Fred Rosemeyer, Somerset County Local Emergency Planning Committee. Also, Brad Shober, Shanksville; David Fox, county 911; Rick Lohr, county Department of Emergency Services; and Gary Compton, Addison.

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