Brian Donachie in the hazmat suit.
Brian Donachie in the hazmat suit. Laura Brodnik

Better equipped to face danger

TWEED firefighters have been put through their hazardous materials training paces this week.

Tweed Heads Fire Station station officer Martin Maher said the firefighters had a visit from the Sydney Hazmat team.

“The team came to update skills and do refresher exercises in all aspects of hazardous materials, handling and legislation,” Mr Maher said.

“The training took place at the Tweed Heads station over a one-week period.

“More than 30 firefighters, both permanent and part-time, took part in the training.”

Mr Maher said the firefighters responded well to the training. “The training course included such things as chem data,” Mr Maher said.

“Chem data is a computer-based information system for all hazardous chemicals and materials.

“It concerns chemicals and materials that firefighters regularly come into contact with.

“All firefighters were happy to see the training team from Sydney. It was a great learning experience for everybody.”

Mr Maher said the training was part of a year-long program.

“Inspector Jared King also attended the hazmat training,” Mr Maher said.

“He is from the Lismore Police Station and covers our area.

“He attended the training sessions and oversaw that the quality of training was up to standard.”

Hazardous materials are defined as anything that, when produced, stored, moved, used or otherwise dealt with without adequate safeguards to prevent it from escaping, may cause injury or death or damage to life, property or the environment.



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