Portales firefighters hone skills at Hazmat competition

Argen Duncan Four Portales firefighters donned protective suits and ran through scenarios involving leaking tanker trucks, missing radioactive sources and confined spaces last week. The team took fourth place overall and in the technical category at the 14th annual Hazmat Challenge July 27-30 at Los Alamos National Laboratories. Twelve teams from New Mexico, Texas and […]

HAZMAT team from Clovis wins award

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers The Clovis hazardous materials team is trained to walk through nerve gas, identify suspicious powders and plug toxic leaks. Combining its efforts with other teams in the area, it could potentially respond to a terrorist attack 800 miles away. Besides its proficiency in dangerous tasks, the all-volunteer group of local […]