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Region 8 Haz-Mat Training

July 28, 2003 - Posted at: 3:27 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, Ark. -- A train, an eighteen wheeler, or anything else that holds hazardous materials could mean big trouble, if it crashes close to a large area of people.

Today, medical and first-responder professionals are learning more about hazardous materials, and how to combat them, just in case.

The state Depatment of Emergancy Management, and St. Bernards Medical Center hosted an all day awareness and procedure class. Haz-Mat instructor Junior Hamrick says after September 11th, emergency medical knowledge has increased thanks to classes with a wider range of bio-terrorism information.

"As far as emergency services," Hamrick said. "They've been having to do hazardous materials for a long time. Now hospitals, of course facilities have always had to do the hazardous materials since 1986 so." 

Students are certified at the basic Haz-Mat level, which also follows OSHA, Department of Transportation, and Department of Defense regulations.


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