GREAT FALLS -
The Burlington Santa Fe Railway held HAZMAT training for local emergency responders in Great Falls. The training is designed to coach them in how to prepare and respond to hazardous materials and transportation incidents.
Matt Jones is the Regional Director for BSNF and helps sponsor travel and tuition expenses for fire departments to attend training's.
“BNSF worked with the city of Great Falls and Great Falls Fire and Rescue to organize this training today and it's eight sessions so we can cover hopefully all of the shifts from Great falls Fire and Rescue so they can attend the trainings. We've also had Malmstromom Airforce base here today as we bring in our specialized tank car that's designed for these trainings. It has a lot of equipment on it that you wouldn't see in a normal car that's in commercial service.” Jones said.
BNSF HAZMAT professionals have trained more than sixty-five-thousand local responders in 28 states. First responders and Great Falls Fire Rescue Chief Bob Shupe explained why HAZMAT training is so important.
“We need to be prepared to handle the specific hazards that go along with that, response considerations, supplies, and all that stuff equipment that we have what we need just knowing our capabilities in general.