LEPD group discusses training opportunities

Thursday, October 2, 2008

The Barry-Lawrence County Local Emergency Planning District (LEPD) received information on several training opportunities at its regularly scheduled meeting on Aug. 21.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region Three Conference will be held in Richmond, Va., Oct. 26 through Oct. 29, and the Missouri Hazardous Materials Symposium is scheduled to be held at Osage Beach Dec. 11 through Dec. 14.

The United States Department of Transportation has also scheduled several hazardous materials transportation courses, which will be held in Oklahoma City, Okla.

The LEPD members decided to send two or three representatives to the Four Corners Emergency Management Conference, which will be held in Branson in December.

In new business, the members heard that the district will be required to submit a proposed training schedule for specific hazardous material classes in order to qualify for a Hazardous Material Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) grant this year. David Compton, Barry County Emergency Management director, will be responsible for gathering the required information.

Compton also reported that the Missouri Emergency Response Commission (MERC) is considering a requirement that each LEPD develop a free-standing hazardous material plan.

In other business, the Barry-Lawrence LEPD:

* Heard that Missouri Southern State University in Joplin will offer a fire science program this year.

* Received a report on an accident that could have released ammonium nitrate and diesel fuel at the intersection of Highway DD and Commercial Street near Seligman.

* Heard that hazardous material awareness and operations training can be scheduled by calling the local emergency management office at 417-235-0200.

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