HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – The Somerset County Office of Emergency Management, the Hazardous Material Response Team (HazMat), local emergency responders and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection received specialized training on “Compressed Gas Emergency Response recently at the South County Maintenance facility on Roycefield Road.

Eugene Ngai, a globally recognized subject matter expert, donated his time and provided free training.

Participants learned how to manage an incident involving leaking cylinders, which if not handled correctly will emit toxic gasses that can spread throughout a large area;  evacuation procedures, personal protective equipment and mitigation techniques.

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The training was valuable and essential since several Somerset County facilities use cylinders, and cylinders have the potential to leak when transported. In 2019, the county’s HazMat team responded to several incidents that involved abandoned and leaking cylinders.

Ngai is a consultant at Chemically Speaking LLC, Whitehouse Station and has over 45 years of specialty gas experience in production, laboratory, R&D, engineering and safety. He holds five U.S. patents for gas safety devices with one pending. He is noted worldwide as an expert on emergency response, product safety, gas technology and environmental issues.

The SCOEM manages the daily operations of the Emergency Management Division and the Emergency Services Training Academy.

HaZMat functions under the oversight of the SCOEM and is comprised of an all-volunteer staff of county employees and local fire and EMS responders. HaZMat is involved in approximately 200 incidents every year.