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Volunteers train for oil spill impact on animals

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

By Krystal Allan – bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (IMMS) in Gulfport hosted the first of many required training sessions for volunteers helping animals impacted by the oil spill.

The session covered the health hazards volunteers face while working with bio-hazardous chemicals. Brenda Sumerall is a veterinarian who came down from Hattiesburg for the training.

"I think it's important for everyone to be certified and be on the same page. We have to have organization," said Sumerall.

Volunteers who already work with IMMS also attended the session. Michelle Kessling has a degree in chemistry but said the information is still valuable to her.

"It was just a good refresher for me and a good reminder to always be aware of the chemicals you're working with," said Kessling.

Dr. Mobi Solangi is the director of IMMS. Solangi says volunteers should be prepared to receive training outside the classroom as the situation in the Gulf unfolds.

"As we get animals, there might be on the job trainings," says Solangi.

Check out the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies website for more information on how to become a volunteer.

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