MAHONING CO., Ohio (WYTV) – For the first time, those who respond to HAZMAT situations in Mahoning County will be paid when they are called out or go through training.
Thursday morning, County Commissioners approved a new policy. It allows crew members to receive a stipend whenever they respond to a hazardous situation as well as for training.
In the past, these responders were largely volunteers, but their duties were very time-intensive.
“You know, these folks train weekly. They train monthly. They go on calls. They spend their entire Saturdays, every single month, doing trainings, so they put a lot of time and effort into this,” said Boardman Fire Chief Mark Pitzer.
Firefighters will now receive $50 every time they are called to a HAZMAT scene. Commissioners already pay for most of the specialized equipment that HAZMAT teams use.