From Harford County government:
The Harford County Hazardous Materials Response Team was recognized recently with a luncheon and awards ceremony for their quarter century of distinguished service. The event was held at the Level Volunteer Fire Company near Havre de Grace.
Since its inception 25 years ago, 54 men and women both past and present have served as members of the Harford County Hazardous Materials Response Team. Three of the founding members of the Team, Larry Mabe, Clarence Ross and Rusty Leftwich were in attendance. The first chief of the Haz Mat Team, James Terrell, was unable to attend due to illness.
Those attending the luncheon and awards ceremony included representatives from the Maryland State Police, Harford County Sheriff’s Office, Bel Air Police Department, Aberdeen Proving Ground Fire Department, Cecil County Department of Emergency Services, and Maryland Department of the Environment.
Additionally three area businesses were recognized by the Department of Emergency Services for their on-going support of the Haz Mat Team. Those businesses were Clorox, Churchville Family Golf and Cytec of Havre de Grace.
Commenting on the Harford County Hazardous Materials Response Team’s 25 years of continuous service, County Executive David R. Craig said, “I commend Chief Jim Terrell and those individuals who worked so hard to establish the county’s first Hazardous Materials Response Team. It was through their hard work, dedication, commitment to service and a sense of pride for their county, our fire and EMS service and the people they selflessly served, that we are able to celebrate the accomplishments of this exemplary unit”.
The Harford County Hazardous Materials Team is comprised of nearly 30 men and women who are on call 24 hours a day throughout the year to respond to calls for service. The unit also is responsible for the enforcement of Article 146 of the Harford County Code, the County “Haz Mat Law” and authorizes the Team to conduct enforcement of the chemical industry as well as private sector.
Annually the Harford County Hazardous Materials Response Team responds to approximately 150 calls for service.