Versailles, In. — Ripley County Emergency Management Agency has worked to reach an agreement between the Ripley County Commissions and the Ripley County Fire Chiefs Association for a one year deal with the Greater Cincinnati Hazardous Materials Unit. This will allow local fire department with hazardous material technical expertise and technical level access.This agreement is an insurance policy for the worst case scenario hazardous materials incident. The driving force behind this agreement was due to the loss of hazardous material technical/response services that previously was provided by the Madison Township Fire Department.The cost of this service is $3674.30 split $2574.30 from the Ripley County Emergency Management budget and $1100.00 from the Ripley County Fire Chiefs Association. The $1,100 is also split between 11 local fire departments, making the local cost $100.This agreement helps safeguard the citizens of Ripley County by providing a level of response not available in Ripley County or in the District 9 area.