Craig police receive protective gear |

Craig police receive protective gear

Paul Shockley

Craig police are in the process of being outfitted with multi-purpose protective kits for chemical and biological hazards, as Moffat County awaits similar gear for other agencies bought in 2001 federal grant.

Sheriff’s deputies and staff from the Moffat County Coroner’s office are expected soon to receive similar kits, said Clyde Anderson, Moffat County Emergency Manager

The kits are essentially duffel bags packed with items such as protective jumpsuits, boots, gloves, dust masks, full-faced respirators and personal decontamination sprays, among other equipment.

Anderson said Craig police kits cost roughly $11,000 and were paid for through a 2001 Department of Justice Department grant, which the county only this year. No matching funds were pledged against the request, which was funded at $70,000 out of a requested $200,000.

The Emergency Manager’s office has until March 2003 to spend the remaining $12,000.

John Forgay, lieutenant with the Craig Police Department, said the equipment affords officers basic, short-term protection when working around suspicious materials, particularly suspected methemphamine labs.

Police aren’t, however, getting into the businesses of removal and disposal of hazardous drug byproducts; a role someday expected to be filled by the Moffat County Hazardous Materials unit. These services are typically requested out of Denver from the federal Drug Enforcement Agency.

Paul Shockley can be reached at 824-7031 to at

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