ALBANY, N.Y.—A critical two-day training drill at the port of Albany to stimulate risks associated with ignitable liquids such as crude oil was announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday.
The drill will take place on May 6 and 7 by the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES).
“The State is actively working to prevent and protect New York’s communities from potential disasters related to the shipment of Bakken crude oil,” Governor Cuomo said.
Practical exercises will take place at 1 p.m. on Wednesday and will finish by 5 p.m. at the Port of Albany. Exercises will give firefighters an opportunity to obtain hands-on training.
DHSES’ Office of Fire Prevention and Control (OFPC) will be conducting a Live Fire Class B Foam Operations course for Albany County.
“This course is part of a robust cache of trainings that DHSES provides to firefighters to respond effectively to a broad range of emergency incidents.” DHSES is committed to providing training that will mitigate loss of life as well as damage to property and the environment,” said DHSES Commissioner Jerome M. Hauer.
DHSES reminded the community that this two-day exercise is a “live fire” drill, which may involve smoke and flames.