Students certified for hazmat awareness

Eight first year students in the Public Safety Services program at Rutland's Stafford Technical Center recently became certified at the Awareness Level in the area of Hazardous Materials.

Fire Chief Robert Schlacter of the Rutland City Fire Department was the instructor through the Vermont Fire Academy for this course. Public Safety Services is a program that serves individuals who may be involved in emergency services-fire police and rescue as well as related occupations in dispatching, courts, and law offices.

The professionals in emergency services-first responders-are at risk when involved in a hazardous materials incident such as a truck crash, a train derailment, a spill, or explosion at an industrial facility.

There are tens of thousands of potentially hazardous materials that first responders may encounter. Some may be flammable, some may be corrosive, and give burns, like acids, some may be radioactive, some may be biological agents that are infectious, some may be explosive, and then there are some that are classified as dangerous, which may have more than one risk associated with it.

The students demonstrating their mastery of the course, and who received national certification in this area, were: Ashley Barnes and Daniel Ball of Rutland High School, Jo Lilly of Poultney High School, Cody Hesse and Justin Cram of Otter Valley Union High School, and Cantlin Eaton, Kayla Jones and Nate Hance of Mill River Union High School. Cantlin Eaton achieved a 100 percent on the difficult examination.

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