Miami Valley emergency crews receive HAZMAT training

MORAINE, Ohio (WDTN) – Several first responders from the Miami Valley spent their day getting proper training on hazardous material situations.

The free training provided by railroad company, Norfolk Southern taught emergency crews how to respond safely when dealing with railroad situations, like derailments and hazardous material on rail property.

In 1986 a 15-car train derailed in Miamisburg, sending toxic vapor into the air and chemicals into a nearby water source.

More than 50,000 people had to be evacuated and hundreds were sent to the hospital.

Today, first responders are being taught the types of tank cars and other types of railroad cars that may contain hazardous materials.

With several railroads that go through the Miami Valley officials say it’s important information to know.

“Fortunately 99.9% of hazardous material is transported by rail through the United States and make it to a destination without incident,” said hazardous material compliance officer John Lerner, “So that’s a very good safety record, but we do know that incidents can happen and probably willhappen so they need to have the knowledge to respond safely prior to that.”

The training is a three day course and is free to all emergency departments. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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