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NYS Says More Ignitable Liquid Emergency Training is Necessary
ALBANY - A second day of drills to prepare for a potential hazard involving crude oil took place at the Port of Albany Wednesday.
24 firefighters from several agencies participated in the training program which is an expanded version of the training firefighters received over the last three years.
Wednesday's training was not related to the derailment in Virginia last week, but Homeland Security officials say it is relevant.
"It's not directly related to the Virginia incident, I think the best answer is this training is relevant and applicable to crude oil as any ignitable liquid, but the training was planned before what happened last week,"says James Cable, Chief, Special Operations Branch, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.
Governor Cuomo's office says Wednesday's training is one in a series of steps the state has been taking over the past months to do everything it can to protect our communities from potential risks created by trains moving massive amounts of crude oil through our state. The training builds on a letter the Governor wrote to President Obama last week asking the federal government, which has the most authority in regulating this industry, to join New York State in implementing major safety reforms.
"The State is actively working to prevent and protect New York's communities from potential disasters related to the shipment of Bakken crude oil," says Governor Cuomo. "From training exercises, aggressive inspections of rail facilities and calling for tougher safety regulations from the federal government, we are moving aggressively to address any and all safety concerns. This week's exercise is yet another important example of our commitment to train our first responders and underscores the urgent need for action on the local, state and federal levels."
The program and training fire crews participated in Wednesday is called Fire Class B Foam Operations, and Cable says it was a success.