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NY boosts first responder training for oil fires

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is making a new investment in helping first responders train for oil fires. The state will use $500,000 in federal funds to purchase a “live fire” training prop to help fire fighters and other emergency personnel learn how to respond to crude oil fires. It is part of a broader effort to prepare ...

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First responders often unprepared for derailments

Emergency personnel examine the wreckage of a train derailment near Vandergrift, Pennsylvania February 13, 2014. A 120-car Norfolk Southern Corp train carrying heavy Canadian crude oil derailed and spilled in western Pennsylvania on Thursday, adding to a string of recent accidents that have prompted calls for stronger safety standards. There were no reports of injury or fire after 21 tank cars came off the track at a bend by the Kiskiminetas River in the town of Vandergrift, according to town and company officials. REUTERS/Jason Cohn (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENERGY TRANSPORT)

Amid the sounds of wrenching metal and crackling fire, the hissing whine signaled that one of the overturned tank cars was doing its job. Flames licked the tanker just outside the state fairgrounds on July 11, 2012. Thousands of gallons of ethanol heated up inside the car. As pressure mounted, the intense heat weakened its shell, less than an inch ...

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North Dakota lawmaker wants train derailment training

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MINOT, N.D. — U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp is urging the federal government to offer training for train derailments to first responders. Heitkamp has reintroduced the RESPONSE Act, which would work to ensure local firefighters and other emergency crews know how to handle an emergency caused by a train derailment. Heitkamp says first responders should have the necessary skills and training ...

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Statewide program planned to train first responders on hazards of natural gas vehicles

First responders will have to deal with new challenges — and use different techniques — if called to battle fires or crashes involving vehicles fueled by compressed natural gas, officials planning a statewide training program said. Since compressed natural gas is catching on as a fuel source — the Pennsylvania Turnpike opened three fueling stations at its New Stanton service ...

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