Hazardous materials drill performed at rail yard

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By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist

PHOENIX -- Although it’s a simulated train derailment and hazmat situation, firefighters from across the valley are taking it slow, performing all the necessary steps to prepare themselves just in case something like this happens for real.

The idea is that each rail car is carrying a different type of hazardous material. While it was only water that was leaking out of one of them, firefighters pretended it was a liquid acid.

“They're going to have to figure out how to do that, dressing up in the suits and that's what research does, they figure out if the suits are compatible with the acid and how they're actually going to fill that cut that's leaking,” Capt. Darrell Wiseman said.

The hazardous materials team had to prepare to respond to a wide variety of hazardous materials incidents involving chemical fires and leaks, spills, transportation accidents, explosions and weapons of mass destruction.

“There are various ways to patch it, they have magnetic patches that go right over it or they can come in with a wooden dowel and pound it in there,” said Capt. Wiseman.

Hazmat crews were also given the opportunity to work with Union Pacific hazmat crews, to create a partnership and bond to handle a real life situation more efficiently.