Clarksburg Fire Receives Thousands for HAZMAT Truck
Written by Nicole Porter
Last updated on February 28, 2013 @ 8:35PM
Created on February 28, 2013 @ 6:54PM
 
The Clarksburg Fire Department has had the Regional Response Team HAZMAT truck for a little more than 10 years. It came from grant money after 9/11.
 
"We have over a million dollars worth of equipment that actually resides on this truck and there are disposable things on the truck or things that expire including certain things, sensors, test strips and all of those things cost money," said Clarksburg Fire Captain Cindy Murphy.
 
They're not cheap.
 
"Just a single oxygen sensor on one of our pieces of equipment is $250 and those actually expire within a year," she explained.
 
That's why the department applied for the Homeland Security Grant in 2010. They were one of 36 agencies statewide who applied for it. Ten departments received money and Clarksburg got the most as $54,400 came their way.
 
"There's no way that the City of Clarksburg or the jurisdiction, itself, could afford to maintain that without the backing of grants and without state support on that also," said Capt. Murphy.
 
You may ask why we need this truck since we hardly have large-scale HAZMAT emergencies in the area; despite that, the contents in the truck are used quite frequently.
 
"We use it for our testing and our monitoring for our biohazards and atmospheric monitoring at some of our federal facilities and post offices," said Chief Rick Scott.
 
"Recently we just had the train that derailed. We used a lot of our absorbents... just to be able to absorb a lot of the materials going into the ground," said Capt. Murphy.
 
Clarksburg City Manager Martin Howe said he feels safer knowing they have this equipment with crews trained to use it.
 
"No one expects for the worst to happen but with our Office of Emergency Management and with the Fire Department, they do prepare for the worst and that is comforting to know," he said.
 
The next step is for the Clarksburg Fire Department to purchase the items with the money. They also plan to apply for some of the leftover grant money from the 2010 grant.

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