SOMERSET, Pa. --
It's required by the state of Pennsylvania to have a hazmat team in every county, and when Somerset Volunteer Fire Department said they weren't renewing their contract, the county stepped up.
County Commissioner Pam Tokar-Ickes said it's a tough burden especially for volunteer fire companies, with volunteership down and increased emergency calls up it was hard for Somerset Fire crews to keep up.
The county will soon have a central location at the county's airport hanger.
Emergency Management Director Richard Lohr said this central location will cut down on response time. They have easier access to main roads and will be able to respond to all parts of the county faster.
The transition team has been formed and will have its first meeting March 23.
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