Columbus firefighter Travis Brown said the classes were good to keep old training from getting rusty. Firefighters and other students huddled around an expert offering lessons on protective gear. Down a few cars was a demonstration tank used to teach first responders how to identify when a tank is carrying dangerous substances. More than 140 people attended the training, held at Norfolk Southern’s downtown railyard in Columbus. Agencies from Columbus, Phenix City, Russell County and even Macon were represented. Chief Jeff Meyer of the Columbus Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services said much of what was being taught at the event was a refresher, and that it would enhance the training that his staff already gets. Between 30 and 35 Columbus fire and EMS personnel attended. Police officers, firefighters and other public safety officials from all over the region went to school Friday to learn how to deal with railway accidents involving hazardous chemicals. In rail cars converted to classrooms and tank cars outfitted for demonstrations, Norfolk Southern, along with chemical and railway experts from across the country, taught first-responders how to recognize tanks carrying dangerous chemicals, how to protect themselves, and ways to respond to emergencies. The event was organized by Norfolk Southern. “We want to be prepared in the event that something does happen,” he said. Columbus was the last stop on the train’s 350-mile journey, which began four days earlier in Hattiesburg, Miss. “It’ll help,” he said. Sgt. Joe Gary of the Phenix City Police Department said the classes would make it easier to recognize tanks carrying hazardous material. Nonetheless, he said, practice makes perfect. “In the event there is a hazardous material spill, this kind of training is going to allow emergency responders to have the skills to respond more quickly and to protect their community,” said Susan Terpay of Norfolk Southern. Depending on the magnitude of an accident, Columbus might call on other communities for help, Meyer said, but his department would be effective in its response to a hazardous-material emergency. Contact Brian McDearmon at 706-571-8543
BELTSVILLE, Md. – An alert ambulance crew helped police locate a missing 70-year old Lanham man yesterday. At around 11:15 am, Monday, April 16, Ambulance 831 from the Beltsville Fire/EMS Station responded to a call for a possible sick person at the intersection of Sunnyside Road and Edmonston Avenue. Upon arrival, the crew of two Prince George’s County Firefighter/Medics assessed the patient and determined that he required hospitalization. The ambulance crew transported the 70 year-old-male to a nearby hospital.The Firefighter/Medics completed the transport and returned to quarters. One of the crew members was on the internet and reading a media website when they saw a picture and story of a missing person. The crew member immediately identified the missing person as the man they had just transported to the hospital.Public Safety Communications was notified so they could notify the County Police what had occurred. Later that evening police officers confirmed the man they transported and the missing person was indeed the same person.Congratulations to the crew for being observant and alert and to our partners in public safety, the County Police Department, for publicizing a picture and proving a detailed description of the missing person.
GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES The Katsuhiko Sumii-trained Victoire Pisa cut a time of 2 minutes, 32.6 seconds for his second career Grade 1 victory. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 FUNABASHI, Chiba Pref. (Kyodo) Victoire Pisa edged runaway favorite Buena Vista in a photo finish to win the Arima Kinen on Sunday at Nakayama Racecourse.Second pick Victoire Pisa, this year’s Satsuki-sho champion who came in third in last month’s Japan Cup, was declared the winner by a nose in the 2,500-meter race.