State officials share what they learned from West explosion with first responders

State officials share what they learned from West explosion with first responders
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POSTED: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 11:33am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 11:44am

Ten months after the deadly explosion in West killed 15 people — a dozen of them firefighters — representatives from the state fire marshal’s office were in Longview to share some best practices and lessons learned from the tragedy.

State Fire Marshal Chris Connealy and Assistant State Fire Marshal Kelly Kistner spent about two hours Tuesday night discussing how the explosion strained resources in the small town of less than 3,000 people, including destroying two schools, a nursing home, an apartment complex and the town’s infrastructure.

“This meeting is dedicated to those 12 responders who were killed on April 17, 2013,” Connealy told the room filled with first responders from the Texas Department of Public Safety; Longview, Gladewater, Kilgore and Judson Metro fire departments; the Texas State Chemist Office; and the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office.

“We’re here to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” he said.

Read more from the Longview News-Journal.
 

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