ALBANY, N.Y. – Training for local firefighters on how to respond in the event of a crude oil disaster took place at the Port of Albany for two consecutive days.
Governor Cuomo said the drill focuses on the best practices for the suppression of ignitable liquids, outbursts such as crude oil emergencies.
The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) is in charge of the drill. They say the training will better prepare area firefighters in case of a disaster.
On Tuesday, personnel from Albany, Schuyler Heights, Selkirk, and the Albany County Hazardous Material Team, were in a classroom at the Albany Fire Department. But on Wednesday, the first responders had their hands-on portion of the live fire class.
Jim Cable, the Chief of the Special Operations Brand of DHSES claims if an ignitable liquid fire happened in the Capital Region, those taking part in the training would be ready to fight the outbreak.
The training exercise comes only a week after a disaster in Lynchburg, Virginia, where a tanker carrying crude oil derailed and burst into flames.
“What we’re focused on here is obviously a smaller spillage you might get from a tank truck as opposed to a rail car. But the principles that we’re teaching for ignitable liquid firefighting and application of Class B foams for ignitable liquid fires are very relevant to that. That’s the foundation, the principles are the same,” said Chief Cable.
There has been growing concern from those who live near the Port of Albany that an accident could happen in the area.
Governor Cuomo has issued a number of orders to change the way oil is transported through the port in response to those concerns.