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Williamston hazmat team earns top prize in competition

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WILLIAMSTON, Martin County - When a train derails, when a truck crashes, when there's hazardous materials on the road, they're the ones that respond.

The hazmat team in Williamston is doing a lot to improve its techniques every day. This past weekend, the NC Association of Hazardous Materials Responders hosted the Hazmat Challenge. The Williamston team, operated by its fire and EMS departments, took home first place in the competition.

Last year's competition saw the team come in eighth out of nine teams. The group, which services 12 counties across the state, proved their hard work paid off. "We're trying to get networking, other hazmat teams working with each other, those state teams as well as local teams," said Lt. Michael Peaks with Williamston Fire/EMS. "It's an opportunity to come together, meet new people and find new training ideas. And bring that back to home." The team said they're so excited to bring home the trophy and the bragging rights this year, especially because this is the last competition before their fire chief retires next year.

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