On March 21st, a handful of PTMSC volunteers and I, AmeriCorps member Erika Winner, attended a oiled wildlife HAZWOPER training in Port Angeles. In case you're wondering, HAZWOPER stands for Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard. We learned a lot about all the planning needed to respond to an oil spill and the hazards that responders can experience. The training also involved a demonstration of the protective gear responders wear. Of course, I volunteered! Please enjoy my humorous experience, thanks to Wendy Feltham and Nan Evans for photos.
The sleeves have to be folded to fit in the gloves. Thanks for the help Wendy!
Got my boots taped on!
All set and ready to clean some wildlife!
Dana Kovac, Wendy Feltham, Nan Evans, and Kateri Schmeler were among the PTMSC volunteers in attendance.
Are you interested in becoming an oil response volunteer? The Department of Ecology has a new website where you can look up training dates and register. Got to: http://www.oilspills101.wa.gov!