By STEVEN T. DENNIS
A proposal to merge Washington County's HAZMAT team and Civil Defense into one special response unit has sparked a revolt among Civil Defense's rank-and-file volunteers.
The volunteers have been responsible for activities such as sandbagging and pumping out basements.
The combined team no longer would handle those duties, which would be left up to the local fire departments.
HAZMAT Coordinator Greg Socks presented the plan Tuesday to the Washington County Commissioners. Socks said he would be the chief of the combined operations.
Civil Defense Deputy Chief Robert Myerly told the commissioners that the only one in the 21-member group in favor of the plan was Chief Michael Royce.