ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Firefighters are the first responders in Georgia when hazardous materials become a danger.
Friday, they became better trained to handle emergencies.
In an emergency situation, these first responders have to go in and get a sample of the material.
"Our science team actually identifies the chemicals and lets us know what kind of chemicals we are dealing with. And whether our suits are safe in that environment," said Firefighter Michael Burns.
Georgia Public Safety Trainers taught firefighters from as far as Augusta in Albany the last two weeks the latest on hazmat response.
"There is constant adjustments in equipment and technology. And trying to get people up to speed," said Hazmat Instructor John Creasy.
Public safety officials said with the amount of hazardous materials on railroads and trucks going through Georgia almost daily, incidents are bound to happen.
"And the concept is trying to make that the firefighters are prepared for that. And have the appropriate level of training so they don't get in trouble, and get someone hurt or killed," said Creasy.
That's why this training is vital, to protect first responders so they can protect the community.
Burns said he feels he is better prepared now, in case disaster strikes.
"The community should feel a little more safer, knowing we do have a team ready to respond to these incidents," said Burns.
Hazmat trainers said they feel Georgia first responders are well prepared in case of an emergency.
The firefighters took a test Friday to determine if they will be nationally certified as a hazmat specialist after their two weeks of training.