ARS lead scientist Rich Zobel and the soil resource management team at AFSRC work with USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS); the city of Beckley, West Virginia; the Raleigh County Solid Waste Authority; West Virginia State University at Institute; West Virginia University at Morgantown; Virginia Tech at Blacksburg; the University of Ohio at Akron; and various ARS labs, including two regional research centers.
Zobel and research associate Amir Hass, who is with West Virginia State University and stationed at Beaver, work with Doug Boyer, a hydrologist, Charlie Feldhake, a soil scientist, and Javier Gonzalez, a soil chemist, all at AFSRC.
"The AFSRC means crews finally get the facilities they deserve and ultimately it will mean a better service for the people of Wrexham and Chirk.
Gary Brandrick, senior professional and service standards manager for North Wales Fire and Rescue Service, added: "We're delighted that this exciting facility has been completed - the AFSRC will deliver both improved facilities for our staff and a better service for the public in the area.
Crews will start their shift at the AFSRC then will move to strategically located deployment points across Wrexham and Chirk, where the trust data predicts the next 999 call will come from.
A cooperative agreement, combining the capabilities of Hagerman's lab with those of AFSRC, was developed to identify important features of tannins that determine their interaction with soils.
In other work with Hagerman, AFSRC plant physiologist Thomas Kinraide found that binding by tannins may alleviate the toxic effects of metals, such as aluminum, on root growth.