The grey behemoth rested atop a shiny purple semi trailer, 4 various kinds of valves protruding from the highest, as Denver firefighters and metropolis officers stood close by, wanting proudly on the division’s most up-to-date high-dollar buy.
Consider it nearly as a railroad automobile, mentioned Mike Pylar, captain of the Denver Fireplace Division’s hazardous supplies group. The distinction is, this one may be moved by semi and is used to imitate nearly any setup a rail automobile carrying probably lethal chemical compounds might need.
Conrad Swanson, The Denver PostMike Pylar, captain of the Denver Fireplace Division’s hazardous supplies group, rotates the division’s latest coaching software.
Pylar and others reviewed the division’s $150,000 coaching software Friday on the metropolis’s hearth station at 9150 E. 50th Ave. — a purchase order that’s the end result of a years-long dialog about find out how to be ready for an accident — or worse — on Denver’s rails.
Trains transfer lethal chemical compounds like chlorine and ammonia via Denver’s residential and pedestrian-heavy neighborhoods each day, Pylar mentioned. Whereas crews already prepare to deal with and mitigate accidents or potential assaults on these rail automobiles, they haven’t been in a position to prepare on something so reasonable. No less than not domestically, he mentioned.
“We are able to take this wherever and in every single place,” Pylar mentioned.
At-large Metropolis Councilwoman Debbie Ortega was amongst those that started elevating considerations years in the past concerning the dangers of rail automobiles passing via Denver’s neighborhoods.
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The largest concern is human error, Pylar mentioned, though cities should even be ready for the opportunity of terrorist assaults. A chlorine spill, or an assault on a automobile carrying ammonia, could be lethal, he mentioned.
By a grant from the City Space Safety Initiative, the town was in a position to purchase the “rail automobile coach,” which Ortega, Pylar and others obtained with open arms Friday.
The coach is already in use for coaching workouts, Pylar mentioned. Different hearth districts can borrow the rail automobile and prepare their crews, he mentioned. That is necessary as a result of any excessive hazardous materials spill within the space will nearly actually require a regional response fairly than a neighborhood one.