Coweta to buy new HazMat gear

Thu, 10/15/2009 - 3:28pm
By: The Citizen

Coweta County firefighters will soon be better prepared to respond to situations involving hazardous materials. County commissioners Oct. 6 approved the purchase of nearly $23,000 of HazMat items paid for with 1-cent sales tax dollars.

“The requested items will allow the department to respond to and mitigate hazardous materials incidents within our jurisdiction,” said Assistant Fire Chief W.T. Moore. “These items will replace current equipment that is beyond its service life while adding new equipment to our inventory that will increase our ability to handle hazardous materials incidents at a nationally-recognized Level 3 response.”

The county had three bidders for the items. Georgia Fire & Rescue Supply was awarded the contract with a bid of $22,866.72. Other bidders included Fisher Scientific with a bid of $34,944 and Lab Safety with a bid of $21,482. County administrator Theron Gay said the bid by Lab Safety did not include items valued at approximately $5,650.

Approved in the bid were Level A and Level B HazMat suits, chemical and wastewater classifier kits, various air monitors, emergency response kits, chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear sample kits and miscellaneous items.

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