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Emergency officials in Scott to conduct train derailment exercise

January 18, at 9:00 am
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Posted at 10:09 AM, Jan 13, 2022

Emergency officials in Scott will conduct train derailment exercises on January 18.

The Scott Fire Department says training will take place for around 2.5 hours beginning at 9:00 am at Don's Specialty Meats in Scott.

The exercise, they say, is to evaluate incident response strategy and to update local emergency response capabilities.

"Train derailments often produce leaks, fires and/or explosions, requiring a multi-agency response, from multi-jurisdictions to work as one, in what is called unified command to safely mitigate. With a rail yard on the edge of Scott’s city limits and a railroad running through the middle of our city, rail incidents have always been a huge concern to Scott emergency officials," they say. "While the record of rail transit safety has been very good, emergency responders must always be prepared for another Low-Probability, High- Consequence Risk Event."

Officials will also test emergency operations coordination between those affected by a chemical spill as a result of a train derailment in the City of Scott.

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