Joplin firefighters take field trip to new emergency training center

Joplin firefighters take field trip to new emergency training center
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A new emergency training center in Joplin gets put to good use during today’s mild temperatures. Workers with Joplin’s fire department practiced for an ammonia leak emergency.

The event took place on land across from Joplin’s airport, and where FEMA’s mobile home disaster recovery area used to be located.

The president of the Ammonia Safety Training Institute says events like this are key to make sure every safety detail is taken care of during the real emergency.

“Empowering first responders to make critical decisions that will allow us, then, to make rescue and do emergency shutdowns and control incidents before they have a chance to get away and become a problem to the community,” says Gary Smith with the Ammonia Safety Training Institute.

“They (Joplin F.D.) have a hazmat team, a well-trained hazmat team, they’re equipped, they have the training facilities. And now they’re getting the opportunity to use these facilities with not only live fire demos, but with small releases of ammonia that they can learn a lot from, as far as handling the bigger releases,” says Smith.

Many of the props at the new emergency training center are unique to not only Joplin’s fire department, but police department, as well.