Evansville firefighters are learning to deal with hazards when it comes to trains. Members of Evansville's fire departments were in the rail yard at the corner of Highway 41 and Lynch Rd. today to learn what to look for in a possible hazardous spill.
There are more than a hundred places for a leak to pop up on a rail car, and this training helps to indentify what is hazardous and quickly seal the leaks. While firefighters receive some training on hazardous train spills, this gives them a chance to get hands on training.
"To give them a chance to actually get on and work around a rail car," said Joe Murabito of DuPont Company, "which none of these folks get to do in a normal hazmat training course. So, it's really a great opportunity for these folks to get together and physically see what they're dealing with."
Dupont offers this service free of charge to the city fire departments. Hazmat teams will get more training later this week.