The West Florida Regional Planning Council serves as staff to the West Florida Local Emergency Planning Committee and one of its main goals is to assist first responders in preparing for hazardous materials related emergencies. In December, the Escambia County Hazardous Materials Response Team and Kraton Chemical in Pensacola, teamed up to hold a joint-small scale exercise at the Kraton Chemical facility. The hazardous materials team members focused on responding to chemicals stored at the facility.
Recently, the West Florida LEPC met in Bay County and reviewed the Training Subcommittee schedule, upcoming classes, the success of the hybrid 160-Hour Technician Level Course and changes in reporting requirements for hazardous materials. Based on the success of the hybrid Technician Level Course, there are plans to host another course for hazardous materials first responders in 2018.