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Emergency Response team runs mock drill

Smoke billowed out of the top of the train car while two firefighters in hazardous waste protective gear worked to stop the “toxic” leak. Fire trucks, police cars and an ambulance waited nearby. More men in protective gear waited some yards away, ready to scrub toxic chemicals off of their comrades. Back on the train, the men worked through the clouds of smoke, trying to see the equipment through their steamed-up facemasks. Before long, the firefighters had the equipment in place and the situation under control. Then as quickly as it began, it was over when someone turned the “toxic” leak off. Though it won’t ever be as simple as turning a switch from on to off, members of the Barbour County Emergency Response Team put their knowledge to the test Friday morning with a mock hazardous waste situation. Full Story

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