Rescue Workers Get Certified

The efforts of a dozen local firefighters and rescue workers will help to insure your safety during some types of emergencies. They finished up the hazardous materials training they needed to become HAZMAT technicians.

During the drill, they repaired the top of a rail car with two poisonous gas leaks. Experts say they'll respond to nearly 20 such emergencies every year throughout the country. Sixty-two people have gone through the program in Western Wisconsin, and many say one of their biggest challenges is getting accustomed to working in a HAZMAT suit.

"You don't have the dexterity you would normally have," said firefighter Allyn Bertrang. "We have to climb up ladders and use equipment we aren't normally using."

The group followed up their hands-on exercise with a written exam before becoming certified technicians.

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