Division Chief Bill Jones of the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s (LACoFD) Health Hazardous Materials Division (HHMD) received a Distinguished Service Award at the 20th annual California Certified Unified Program Agencies (CUPA) training conference. The conference was held from February 5 to 8, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency in Burlingame, California. The conference is one of the largest in the nation hosting 2,000 people, including CUPA, state, federal and industry personnel.
Chief Jones is a founding member of CUPA and has remained involved on its Forum Board since it started in the mid-1990s. He also serves as co-chair of the yearly CUPA training conference and was an original member of the Hazardous Waste Control Program.
In California, there are 81 CUPAs that regulate six programs related to hazardous materials and hazardous waste. The HHMD is the CUPA for the County of Los Angeles and is the largest in the state.
Chief Jones was surprised with the Distinguished Service Award from the California CUPA Forum Board, a statewide organization of CUPAs formed to ensure program consistency, provide training and technical assistance statewide and to provide a unified front in matters with the various state or federal agencies.