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Lake County participates in Hazardous Materials Awareness Week, Feb. 14-20

RELEASE DATE: February 17, 2010

TAVARES — The Emergency Management and Fire Rescue divisions of the Lake County Department of Public Safety have teamed up to promote Florida’s Hazardous Materials Awareness Week, Feb. 14-20.

Firefighters, emergency management officials and the District VI Local Emergency Planning Committee for Hazardous Materials visited with local students at Lake-Sumter Community College on Tuesday to promote the theme of this year’s Hazardous Materials Awareness Week, “Chemistry in the Schools.” The theme is designed to help increase the awareness of students concerning career opportunities that exist in chemistry.

“By talking to students during Florida’s Hazardous Materials Awareness Week, we hope to educate them about how first responders use chemistry in their jobs every day and to encourage these young adults to become interested in furthering their education in the field of chemistry,” said Sean Loughlin, Disaster Assistance Coordinator for the Lake County Emergency Management Division.

According to the State Emergency Response Commission, many aspects of the modern way of living include the use of chemistry and chemicals. The young men and women that are currently in high school and college will someday become facility operators, environmental coordinators, scientists, technicians, safety managers and first responders. The future of these and other professions are contingent upon the continued interest and capability of students in the field of chemistry.

For more information about Florida’s Hazardous Materials Awareness Week, log on to www.hazmat.floridadisaster.org.

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