First-Responders Gear Up Before Trouble Arrives

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.