ROMNEY, W.Va. — A $1 million
tractor-trailer complete with a hazardous
materials command module
may be part of the region’s equipment
to secure the communities
against weapons of mass destruction.
Brian “Tad” Malcolm, Homeland
Security and Emergency Management
director in Hampshire County,
asked for financial aid from the
Hampshire County Commission on
Malcolm told the commissioners
the trailer and module have been sitting
in Hardy County since 2005, virtually
In the fall of 2002, following the
aftermath of 9/11, the Department of
Homeland Security awarded funding
to all 50 states.
By spring 2003, $23 million went to
West Virginia, at which time the
Rapid Response Team units were
born. There are 10 units of its kind in
“This equipment is scheduled to be
pulled out of the region due to lack of
funding and lack of interest throughout
the state,” Malcolm said.
Malcolm said the State Emergency
Response Commission, which is
under the wing of Homeland Security
and Emergency Management in
West Virginia, owns the equipment.
“What I have asked the commissioners
is for backing to keep this
equipment in Hampshire County and
some financial support to get it
inspected and tested,” Malcolm said.
The commissioners agreed to
write a letter of support and voted to
set aside $10,000 to get the equipment
“I will be sending a proposal to thestate asking for permanent
location of the equipment in
Hampshire County. We have
moved the equipment to the 911
center on Jersey Mountain
Road,” Malcolm said.
“I will be sending a letter
from the commissioners showing
their good faith in giving
Malcolm said the nearest
equipment of this sort is as far
away as Berkeley County and
This hazmat unit will be
available to Hampshire, Mineral,
Hardy, Grant and Pendleton
“It is a full-sized trailer with
only 1,300 miles on it. It is
loaded with hazmat response
materials and can handle a fivemember
crew,” Malcolm said.
The command module at the
rear of the trailer is fully encapsulated
with Level A and Level
B suits in case of an attack.
Malcolm said the need for
such equipment came to light
in September when a regional
drill was held.
“I noticed some deficiencies
in the county and lack of
trained personnel during that
drill,” Malcolm said.
Malcolm, Jerry Loudin and
Mike Crouse, all with the 911
center, are trained hazmat
“We are going to be enlisting
the help of fire departments
and others. Technical classes
will begin in February and
March. Our first round of other
training will begin in June,”
Malcolm said Hampshire
County monies won’t be spent
until the state approves the