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Hazmat team for 2 counties receives $125K

March 27, 2012
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - The Fulton County Civil Defense-Fire Coordinator's Office recently was awarded $125,000 in federal funding for equipment and training to benefit the Hazardous Materials program of Fulton and Montgomery counties.

Fulton County Civil Defense-Fire Coordinator Allan Polmateer received a March 6 letter indicating the award through federal Homeland Security Grant funding. He informed the Board of Supervisors' Public Safety Committee about the award Monday.

The county applied for the funding with Montgomery County as its participating regional partner.

The award is for the Fulmont Regional Hazardous Materials Response Team used by both counties.

The Public Safety Committee voted to accept the 2011 HazMat Grant program award, and the Finance Committee will consider acceptance Thursday. The proposed resolution goes to the full board April 9 for final approval.

Polmateer presented the committee with a list of training and equipment items to be funded by the grant.

"I have it broken down and what we would like to buy with that money," he said.

He said just over $21,270 would be available for training, which would include four sessions on the use of first-detector instruments.

He said the instruments take samples at fire scenes to determine what's in materials, such as petroleum.

Training overtime reimbursement for paid fire departments also would be part of the training costs.

Polmateer said equipment would cost just over $103,729 and include $20,044 for an entry-link diversity camera system. Another $16,200 would be spent on a dozen hazardous materials suits, and $44,000 from the grant is earmarked for 20 Motorola interoperable communications radios. A total of $10,180 would go toward 20 portable radios.

"These radios would be in our response vehicles," Polmateer said.

Other equipment to be purchased through the grant include: two dry-erase boards, a weather-log atmospheric station, a gas-alert ammonia detector and accessories, and a chlorine monitor and accessories.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at



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