Morrell VFD to host sessions to keep firefighters safe when dealing with drug labs
Local first responders have an open invitation to a training session for responding to incidents involving drug labs.
Morrell Volunteer Fire Department President Jim Daugherty said the idea to update local first responders with such a training session came after an incident in late September. Police chased through Fayette County a West Virginia couple who allegedly was producing methamphetamine out of a truck and utility trailer along the Youghiogheny River in Dunbar Township.
The suspects fled in the truck, which crashed into a North Union home. The man fled into a nearby residence and after an hours-long standoff, eventually killed himself. The woman surrendered and was taken into custody.
“This is a serious problem,” Daugherty said of the drug selling, using and production in the county.
He added that firefighters and other first responders have responded to fires, only to find out after they're inside that the engulfed structure was a working methamphetamine lab.
The program will be hosted by Morrell VFD and conducted by state police at Hershey.
“They'll tell us what we should and shouldn't do and what to be aware of,” Daugherty said, adding that the training is not only for methamphetamine labs, but all drug operations.
So far, Daugherty said they received a good response to news of the presentation and have plenty of room for more to attend.
“We all have been taking as much training as possible to become better in what we're doing,” Daugherty said. “This is something that is going to add to our portfolio and it's something we'll have better knowledge of.”
Daugherty said the session also ties in with his fire department's motto of “We Care,” which includes upcoming events to help the community, such as a bingo on Nov. 17, where a donation of five canned goods will allow people in to play bingo for free or on Nov. 24, when a donation of a toy will get them in for free to play bingo.
Morrell will also hold a blanket/coat drive sometime in December.
The training session will begin 7 p.m. on Thursday at Morrell VFD along Route 119, the former location of Richard Chevrolet.
For more information, contact Morrell VFD at 724-603-2176 or 412-582-2868.
Mark Hofmann is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-626-3539 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Greater Connellsville chamber sets back-up plans if rain hits
- Connellsville Area Community Ministries volunteer program gets new leader
- 2015 Connellsville grad identified as victim of Bullskin motorcycle crash
- Wolf veto rankles Fay-West GOP
- Action sought on medical marijuana by Connellsville couple
- Toddler hurt in fall from window at home in Hiller
- Day-old baby dropped at Uniontown hospital by nurse
- Rockin’ Ribfest in Connellsville on weekend
- Connellsville Redevelopment Authority receives $47K in grant funds
- Connellsville board hikes taxes, adds to layoffs
- Connellsville Area Career and Technical Center students to attend post-secondary schools