Hudson Fire Department hosted training on Friday for 25 area firefighters on how to respond to railway incidents involving flammable liquids and other hazardous materials. Instructors from the Security and Emergency Response Training Center from Pueblo, Colorado brought in a trailer featuring different types of pressure valves and openings that can be found on train cars to allow attendees to become familiar with them. They also held classroom sessions to teach effective planning, communication, and coordination for these types of railway incidents and gave real life examples of techniques that have and have not worked in the field.
The class gave Hudson, Stow, Streetsboro, Green, Twinsburg, and Barberton firefighters the opportunity to improve their knowledge and skills for these rare incidents so they will be prepared if they do occur. Certification for responding to these types of incidents will allow the firefighters' names to be put in a National Database so they can be called to respond around the country if needed.
The Hudson Fire Department, along with area departments, continually work to provide firefighters with the best training and information possible to ensure the safety of residents and firefighters.