Chlorine leaks are rare but it’s the type of emergency that any community can face. It’s vital that first responders know how to handle them.
That’s what was behind a two-day training session in Omaha.
Union Pacific, BNSF and representatives of the Chlorine Institute provided hands-on training for first responders on how to handle all kinds of chlorine releases.
UP’s Ben Salo said, “They're gonna learn how to mitigate a leak coming from a small vessel like you would find in a water treatment plant all the way up to a transportation vessel such as a rail car."
Wednesday’s training included first responders from the Omaha, Council Bluffs and Bellevue Fire Department and security from the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.