Firefighters Train for Hazmat Situations

by Kim Tewalt on October 22, 2012 at 6:32 am

Firefighters at the Zanesville Fire Department are training to handle Hazmat situations.

Approximately 45 firefighters will train for forty hours to become Hazmat technicians. Once trained, there will be a 24-hour refresher course every other year. The training comes from Columbus State Community College. Fire Science Technician Jay Louks says Hazmat training could come into play in several situations, including fires.

"Anything that may be burning, released out on the freeways or highways, roadways, a train getting into an accident, anything that has to do with chemicals or some sort of release." explain Louks.

Half of the training is classroom based, while the other half is hands on, where firefighters will simulate their response in fully encapsulated suits.

"They’ll be working with chemicals, they will be learning to get dressed and how to plug and dike situations that they may run into out on the freeway, at a business, even on the railways," said Louks.

Louks says Hazmat training came to the forefront following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.