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Special Haz Mat Training in So. Tier

Special So. Tier Haz Mat Training

HORSEHEADS (WENY) -- A simulated, chemical spill at Eaton Corporation kept first responders busy for hours, Tuesday afternoon.
     The spill was not real, but the experience was training for real life situations.
     "It's not often we have a real hazardous material release in the County, so in order for them to keep up their skills they have to practice in a real world situation," said Kirsten Card-Griffen, Deputy Director of Administration for the Chemung County Office of Fire and Emergency Management.
     No real chemicals were involved, but there were some controlled elements to test equipment and response.
     "It's always good to do a hands on thing," said Firefighter, Michael Murphy. "You can sit around and theorize all you want to, but unless you actually put the suit on and play with it you don't know what you're doing."
     Employees at Eaton Corporation do similar trainings regularly, but on a smaller scale.
     "Everything that's involved is a lot more than I expected it to be. I'm kind of overwhelmed with everything that's happening," said Michael Degraw, Eaton Corporation.
     Tuesday's Haz Mat Training was meant to help Eaton and emergency responders look for any improvements that can be made to current emergency plans.
     "It's important for the employees here to have an established relationship with the responders that are going to come here," said Card-Griffen. "It's important for the responders to be familiar with the facility they're going."
     The next training like this one, will be in September, at the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport.