ALBANY, GA (WALB) - 40 Albany Firefighters finished up two weeks of advanced hazmat training on Friday, elevating them to technician level hazmat-trained. The Albany Fire Department will now specially deploy these advanced hazmat-trained firefighters, so they are ready when needed.
"The people responding will be able to go down range into the hot zone, and hopefully mitigate it," said Training Chief Eugene Anderson.
The training prepares the firefighters to handle hazardous materials, from either natural or terrorist sources. This is another big issue for firefighters, because new types are being developed each year. "WMD training, which involves terroristic acts and terror agents," said Captain Ricky Thompson. "Different types of devices they use for terroristic attacks."
"It's going over our highways, over our interstates, and through out community on rail or truck. So it's moving through our communities in one form or another everyday," said Anderson.
The Albany Technician Hazmat Firefighters will be stationed at Station Two on Palmyra Road, and will be the initial responders. Station Eight on Newton Road will be the backup station. As part of the GEMA response team, they can be called out to serve in the 23-county Southwest Georgia region.
All 153 of the Albany Firefighters are trained to at least operations level for hazmat situations and also receive annual training.