Illinois Department Prepared For Haz-Mat Emergencies

Issue 5 and Volume 135.

Illinois Department Prepared For Haz-Mat Emergencies A growing number of fire departments are adding specialized hazardous incident teams to existing capabilities. The Normal, Ill., Fire Department is one of them. Normal is one of two large communities (with Bloomington) located in otherwise rural McLean County, with almost 90,000 in the two communities. Fire protection in Normal is provided by 34 career fire fighters in two fire stations. In addition to fire protection, our department also provides basic life support emergency medical service to the community. Because of the central location of Normal in the state, several major railroads and highways intersect in the area. The potential for transportation accidents involving hazardous materials has always been a concern of our department. In 1980, we decided to take steps to expand our capabilities in this area. Volunteers sought A request went out to department members seeking volunteers willing to devote extra time…

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