The Camden County Local Emergency Planning Committee is working to improve haz-mat capabilities of local first responders. Currently the Cole County Haz-Mat response team has to be called in to respond to high-level emergencies. The first step for the LEPC is working with fire departments to assess their current response capabilities.
That’s volunteer coordinator Robert Hays. After assessing the current capabilities, the next step would be setting goals to improve, including training, equipment, and possibly, re-establishing a local haz-mat response team. Hays says major haz-mat incidents have been rare at the lake, but that stretch of luck can’t last forever.
The LEPC met Friday morning to discuss the issue. The next meeting date has not yet been finalized.