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Hundreds In Sacramento For Haz Mat Workshop

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
The first Haz-Mat Emergency Response Workshop was held in Sacramento back in 1989. Organizers say the September 11th terror attacks broadened the focus from just hazardous materials. 
"That has kind of bled into WMD, weapons of mass destruction training as well." 
Jan Dunbar with the Sacramento Fire Department says one new computer program attendees will be learning about this year makes it easier to calculate airborne plumes after a chemical spill."
"So that emergency workers can calculate downwind how large an area might have to be evacuated."
Nearly a hundred vendors will also be at the conference displaying their products…like electronic devices that can detect virtually any kind of hazardous material and the latest in protective clothing.
"It is just incredible how the garment industry has caught up and provided the fire and haz-mat people now with chem-suits that almost are impervious to anything." 
The four-day conference continues at the Raddison Hotel through Friday.
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