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Mahoning County acquires new tool for dealing with hazardous materials

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LISBON, Ohio -
The Mahoning County Hazardous Materials Response Team has a new tool. 
The Columbiana County Emergency Management Agency and Hazmat Team presented the new monitors Tuesday morning to the Mahoning County team. The AreaRae monitors are designed to help detect certain types of hazardous materials and can be read remotely up to 3 kilometers away. 
"A gas detection monitor that you can set up around the perimeter of an incident, and you can set 'em and leave 'em, and you can monitor them from a remote location," said Chief Bill Jones, East Liverpool Fire Department and Columbiana County Hazmat.
Now that Mahoning County has the AreaRae, they can interface will other Hazmat teams, as well as the Ohio National Guard in the event of a large hazardous incident.
The equipment was purchased under a Regional State Homeland Security Grant. 
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