The Hotchkiss Fire District hosted a 24-hour HazMat Operations Class last weekend. Capt. Shane Baird of Durango Fire and Rescue instructed 17 firefighters.
Twelve firefighters were from Hotchkiss, two from Cedaredge, three from Paonia and one from Crawford. Those completing the course and passing the examinations will receive a certificate from the state and are allowed to act as responders at hazardous material incidents.
Sponsored by the Colorado Division of Fire Protection and Control, the class was free for the firefighters.
Hotchkiss Fire Chief Doug Fritz said the district supported the class by providing equipment, printing, meals and administration.
"The class is very demanding, requiring a commitment to attend classes and testing, as well as studying. It's gratifying to know that our local volunteers have enough dedication to their community to acquire these skills," Fritz said.
All the districts in the county now have hazmat-certified responders.blog comments powered by Disqus