The U.S. Department of Defense donated hazardous materials training and equipment valued at $100,000 to fire and safety agencies in Matamoros, Mexico.
The program includes training sessions to prepare Matamoros agencies to handle hazardous material emergencies as well as guidelines on transporting hazardous materials .
Training sessions were led by Lieutenant Ian Moscoso of the Houston Cloverleaf Fire Department.
A total of 15 sister-cities along the U.S.-Mexico border will receive similar training and equipment from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Defense. The Program will spend 1.5 million dollars to meet the goals of Border 2012, a US-Mexico environmental protection program.
According to Jeffrey B. Smith, chief for International Building Partnership Capacities at U.S. Northern Command, “If the fire departments of both sides of the border share the same protocols, share the same equipment, in a event in Matamoros, Brownsville can respond, and vice versa.”
Matamoros is the 9th city in Mexico to be granted training and equipment. Laredo has already received the equipment and Reynosa is slated to be next.