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Guntersville fire chief to apply for grant for hazardous chemical detection

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Should there be a chemical spill, this new technology would let officials know where the dangers are and how far out those dangers exist. Should there be a chemical spill, this new technology would let officials know where the dangers are and how far out those dangers exist.
GUNTERSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

The Guntersville city council gave the fire chief approval to apply for a grant for a hazardous chemical detection device on Monday night.

Should there be a chemical spill, this new technology would let officials know where the dangers are and how far out those dangers exist.

Fire Chief Tracy Battles plans to ask the city council Monday night to seek out the $160,000 grant through the Department of Homeland Security.

Because Guntersville is a port city, Battles said that makes the city eligible.

Battles said the device is portable and has sensors that can detect the flow of a chemical spill.

If firefighters know the direction and speed of the spill, Battles said that is how they can better protect the public in keeping them a safe distance away.

Battles said dangers currently exist with chlorine at water treatment plants and other chemicals at processing plants.

"We would gear the equipment to work towards those things to protect the public and to provide for a definitive response here locally within our community and our region," said Battles.

As part of the grant, Battles said they are also requesting a fleer device which would help firefighters and rescue personnel find people in inclement weather on the water.

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