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Longview training helps firefighters prepare for haz-mat calls

Longview training helps firefighters prepare for haz-mat calls
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Friday, March 2, 2012 - 1:15pm

When a Union Pacific railcar derailed, spilling phosphoric acid in Hallsville, the Longview Fire Department’s hazardous material crew joined volunteer firefighters to clean up the spill.

That call was one of many the haz-mat — or hazardous materials — crew has responded to in the area. The crew is one of two regional response teams for 14 counties that are under the East Texas Council of Governments.

This past week, Longview began a two-week haz-mat training course to ensure firefighters are fully equipped to respond to the call when they are needed.

Responders suited up in orange, air-tight, chemical-resistant suits and oxygen tanks Thursday afternoon as temperatures reached in the 80s to practice plugging holes and sealing up hazardous material from a mock spill.

To read more ont his article at The Longview News Journal  http://www.news-journal.com/news/local/longview-training-helps-firefighters-prepare-for-haz-mat-calls/article_f849b690-97bd-57ff-81b3-9e6cf0baa200.html

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