Huntington Fire Chief Says Department Prepared for Radiation Emergency

Updated 6 years ago by Tony Rutherford HuntingtonNews.Net Reporter
Eastham with former news reporter Dee Delancy at Emmons fire memorial
Eastham with former news reporter Dee Delancy at Emmons fire memorial
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Reacting to HNN's articles on the uranium processing and recycling Huntington Pilot Plant and activities currently at the Special Metals(Huntington Alloys) site,  Fire Chief Carl Eastham said the department has teams to mitigate a radiation emergency should one occur.

Speaking to HNN while on vacation, Eastham explained, "We have 24 firefighters trained to Technician level. And the entire department is training to awareness and operations level. Should it get beyond the scope that we could control we have five additional teams we can call on from the state and that is before the federal government is even able to get boots on the ground."

Chief Eastham, who has been recognized for his bravery during the Emmons Junior Apartment fire, added, "The West Virginia regional Responce team has several suits which we house in a tractor trailer of various equipment. We can mitigate a radiation emergency and monitor its progress or lack of. We have everything necessary to assist with an emergency of this type ... Except a boat and that we are ordering shortly."

The boat, a grant for which was obtained from the federal government, has been approved for acquisition by Huntington City Council and the Williams administration.

Huntington Fire Chief Says Department Prepared for Radiation Emergency

The department's current boat is outdated and inadequate as demonstrated in prior stories published by HNN.

http://www.huntingtonnews.net/57971  Firefighting Boat on Wing and Prayer

http://www.huntingtonnews.net/70629  FEMA Grant Approved

http://www.huntingtonnews.net/64688 Council Approves Application

http://www.huntingtonnews.net/64497 . Safety Reminders for Recreational Vehicles

 

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