Firefighters get extra training on rail car fires

Firefighters get extra training on rail car fires
(Source: Paragould Fire Department)
(Source: Paragould Fire Department)
(Source: Paragould Fire Department)
(Source: Paragould Fire Department)
(Source: Paragould Fire Department)
(Source: Paragould Fire Department)
(Source: Paragould Fire Department)
(Source: Paragould Fire Department)

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - Paragould firefighters received training to help fight fires on the train tracks.

The department sent three members to Pueblo, Colorado, for a crude by rail emergency response course.

Union Pacific sponsored the course to help firefighters learn the tools to fight fires along the railroad track.

Members not only learned how to fight rail car fires, but also about how the car is designed so they can better deal with wrecks or derailments.

Chad Davis was one of the firefighters who attended the training.

"There are a lot of railroads around here and here in Paragould, " Davis said. "The railroad is just right downtown and it would be bad if something happened here."

Davis said they also learned how to deal with fire started by crude oil and what to do when it spills.

"There is a lot of crude oil on railways. That is the most popular way of hauling it now is by rails and we just need to be up to date on what to do if something like that happens in your town, you know some kind of wreck or derailment," Davis said.

Davis said the department sends members to several of these training sessions throughout the year.

He said you can never learn too much, especially when it comes to saving lives.

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