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Firefighters from the state’s 11 Chemical Assessment Teams (CATs) and Emergency Response Teams (ERTs) spent two days in Duluth recently brushing up their skills and training for a variety of hazardous materials situations.
The two-day training session culminated with several scenarios in which team members donned hazmat suits and worked with their partners to stop a leaking rail car and a chlorine leak at a wastewater treatment plant. There are 11 CATs — four of which are also ERTs — across Minnesota. The teams can help prevent a hazardous release, mitigate a release, and stabilize an incident. The CATs/ERTs are part of the State Emergency Response Teams managed by the SFMD. The State Emergency Response Teams include:
Fire departments or government agencies can contact the Minnesota Duty Officer at 651-649-5451 or 800-422-0798 to request a team’s assistance. Learn more about the teams on our State Emergency Response Teams webpage.
Many Minnesota departments hold open houses in the late summer and early fall. Open houses are a great way to meet your local firefighters and learn about what they do and how to keep your family safe.
Contact your local fire department to see if and when you can stop by and meet your local firefighters. We have also compiled a list of open houses we know about.
This video gives you a unique behind-the-scenes look as two Minnesota State Fire Marshal Division investigators dig through the rubble at a Twin Cities motel fire.