(Riverton-AP) -- The Wyoming Homeland Security Council and the
U-S Attorney's Office for Wyoming are teaming up to provide
training for firefighters to handle hazardous materials.
The training will take place next month at the Wyoming Fire
Academy in Riverton. It will be funded with about 150-thousand
dollars provided by the U-S Department of Justice.
The two training sessions will focus on basic chemistry,
specialized protective clothing and hands-on training in handling
hazardous materials.
Those who complete the training will be certified as hazardous
materials technicians and will be able to train others in their
home departments to respond to hazardous materials incidents.
Major General Ed Boenisch is adjutant general for Wyoming and
chairman of the Wyoming Homeland Security Council. He says the
training is important because it builds the skills of those who are
first to respond to potential crisis situations.
He also says it's important because it improves the teamwork
between the state and federal governments in anti-terror efforts.

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