- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) - Emergency responders from around Vermont are gathering for the state’s annual Emergency Preparedness Conference.

The seventh annual conference is taking place Thursday at Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee.

More than 220 participants from municipalities, state agencies and nonprofit organization are planning to attend the event.

Among the training topics to be discussed are an introduction to urban search and rescue, fire safety, hazardous materials and rail.

Awards also will be given out to exemplary emergency response personnel and volunteers.

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