Salem County OEM receives a transfer of a Hazardous Material Response Vehicle
Salem, NJ- Salem County Office of Emergency Management received a transfer of a Hazardous Material (Haz Mat) Response Vehicle from Chemours, Inc., announced Dale Cross, Deputy Freeholder Director, Chair of the Public Safety Committee.
Julie Acton, Freeholder Director stated, “We are grateful to Chemours for their generosity, for their continued partnership and community collaboration. The Hazardous Material Response Vehicle will be equipped with the necessary materials needed to respond to an incident. The truck includes a tool and supply storage, as well as, a workspace area. The Salem County logo and graphics will be added to the vehicle.”
The Office of Emergency Management includes a Haz Mat Response Team for incidents that involve hazardous materials. These chemical substances, which if released or misused can pose a threat to the environment or health. Many products containing hazardous chemicals are used and stored in homes routinely. These products are also shipped daily on the nation’s highways, railroads, waterways, and pipelines.
“Chemours Chambers Works values our partnership with the Salem County Emergency Services & Emergency Management organization. We are pleased to donate this hazardous material vehicle which will provide an additional public safety resource for the benefit of all of us in Salem County, now and in the future,” said Dawn Hughes, Chemours Plant Manager.
Dale Cross, Deputy Freeholder Cross added, “Today we had an opportunity to replace a vehicle to gain a more efficient and timely response by having more of our equipment, supplies, and assets readily available on a single vehicle. This addition is possible due to the relationships our OEM staff has fostered within their respective circles and we’re very thankful for their diligence and Chemours’ generosity.”
The County’s Hazardous Materials Response team is comprised of approximately thirty (30) volunteer responders who are trained as hazardous materials technicians and operations trained individuals. They, as part of a twenty-one county agreement, could respond to an emergency statewide, but are an on-call mutual aid asset to our neighboring counties. The team is lead by Leroy Pierce, Chief Fire Instructor and Chief of Haz Mat Response.