Brown Proposing Regional ‘Hazardous Materials’ Firefighters

WASHINGTON, DC (News Talk 1480 WHBC) – There are a lot of fire departments across the state.

Many of them, like in East Palestine, are all-volunteer except for a paid chief.

That has U.S. Senator from Ohio Sherrod Brown working with Governor Mike DeWine on a plan to establish regional “hazardous materials” firefighters who would respond to such incidents outside their usual jurisdiction.

Brown says it makes sense to equip and train a limited number of firefighters in a region, and call them out as needed.

Brown says the railroads operating in Ohio will pay for the equipment and training.