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U.S. Department of Transportation Awards $250,000 To International Association of Fire Fighters for Hazmat Response Training

U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta announced today a $250,000 federal grant to the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) to provide vital training resources for instructors who conduct hazardous materials response training programs. “Funding hazmat training is the best and quickest way to improve hazmat response,” said Secretary Mineta. “Emergency personnel need to know the appropriate way to respond quickly to any crash involving hazardous materials.” The grant to IAFF pays instructor salaries, travel, training books and classroom materials for the hazardous materials instructor courses which are scheduled annually across the country. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA) made the funds available under the Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) Grants Program. Since issuing the first HMEP grant in 1993, the program has provided more than $112 million in grants to train 1,587 fire service instructors. The instructors, in turn, used their training to teach another 1,546,412 hazmat responders. Full Story

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