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Train Derailment Fire Emphasizes Importance in Fire Training

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State agencies are working with emergency responders following the train derailment and fire near Casselton.

The incident is eye opening to fire departments across the state.

Although Bismarck and Mandan Fire Departments were not needed at the scene, they know their training for situations like this is crucial.

The North Dakota Department of Emergency Services encourages agencies to train often.

"Sometimes it's a table-top training. Sometimes it's a full-blown situation that we respond to and see how our apparatus and our crews are ready to respond to. We do that on an on-going basis. Typically yearly we have larger scale operations and we will talk about them during the course of the year," says Jeff Holte, Battalion Chief, Bismarck City Fire Dept.

In a situation like the recent derailment fire, firefighters' first concern is public safety.

Chief Lynn Gustin of the Mandan Rural Fire Department says when faced with an explosion like that, there is not much firefighters can do until the blaze has gone down on its own.

"We're going to take part in more trainings dealing with this, I mean, like locally we don't have any oil wells, you know, in our district but of course we have the oil passing through here so I mean it's a different ball game to fight with so we'll be doing more training like I said and trying to acquire more equipment to handle this type of incident," says Lynn Gustin, Fire Chief, Mandan Rural Fire Dept.

Agencies and organizations can sign up for additional training and exercise courses at www.nd.gov/des.

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