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Local Firemen undergo hazmat training

June 20, 2013

Several West Point firemen prepare to hook a hose to a fan used to blow hazardous fumes from their hazardous material removal tent.

You just wouldn't believe the magnitude of dangerous, hazardous materials that pass through West Point every single day by train, trucks and other means, said West Point Fire Chief Johnnie Littlefield. And at any time, though its chilling to imagine, those chemicals could be spilled or released into the air, causing a mass exposure to contaminants that could harm hundreds of people.
That's why it's crucial, Littlefield said, for local fire and rescue responders to be thoroughly trained in safely rescuing hazmats victims and mitigating chemical spills and chemical releases.

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