HazMat teams show off new technology

LISBON, Ohio (WKBN) — Two county HazMat teams on Tuesday showed off new technology they can take in the field.

They’re called AreaRAE monitors and can detect hazardous materials at a scene. Crews can set them up and remotely monitor them.

Getting the new equipment was a regional collaboration between Mahoning and Columbiana counties.

HazMat crews said the monitors could be used in suspected meth labs scenes.

“It will pick up volatile, organic compounds, along with give us the oxygen levels, low explosive levels, hydrogen sulfide and carbon monoxide,” said Columbiana County HazMat Chief Bill Jones.

The regional Homeland Security grant helped purchase the equipment.

Mahoning County is getting one kit and the other will go to the East Liverpool Fire Department.


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