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Be prepared to help wildlife survive hazards of oil spills

A free eight-hour HAZWOPER (Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response 29 CFR 1910.120) certification class will be held from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, in the Port Angeles City Council Chambers, 321 E. Fifth Street, Port Angeles.

This one-day training provides volunteers with the skills to recognize and react to protect themselves from the hazards associated with an oil spill event. A part of the class will be devoted to specific hazards associated with working around oiled wildlife.

A valid eight-hour HAZWOPER certificate is the minimum level of training needed to work with oiled wildlife.

The class is conducted by the U.S. Coast Guard, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Washington Department of Ecology, Clallam County Marine Resources Committee, Marine Spill Response Corporation and the Olympic Peninsula Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation.

Register online at http://www.clallam.net/ccmrc/ or phone 360-565-2619 no later than Jan. 15.

Space is limited, so sign up early.

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