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Practice focuses on hazardous materials

Are Del Rio and Val Verde County’s first responders – firefighters, police officers, sheriff’s deputies, ambulance crews – prepared to deal with a spill of hazardous materials? A spill of hazardous materials that catches fire? Or hazardous materials that include biological agents? They’re about to find out. Beginning about 9 a.m. today and continuing until Thursday afternoon, Del Rio’s first responders will practice using scenarios designed by the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). “We don’t know what they’re going to throw at us, but we know it has to do with the release of hazardous chemicals,” said Del Rio Fire & Rescue Department Deputy Chief John A. Sheedy IV. “We believe there will be a fire, and there will be – the scary one for us and the hardest to work – a biological element involved.” Full Story

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