Firefighters and County employees get valuable emergency training

Area firefighters and County employees are getting some valuable emergency training this week thanks to the County’s Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD). WTD is hosting one of the largest and most successful regional fire department hazardous materials drills at the South Treatment Plant in Renton. Exercises like this provide reality-based scenarios, spaces and equipment for the emergency responders to test, train and advance their skills. WTD hosted similar events in 2010 and 2012.

This exercise is held and coordinated in and around the old decommissioned chlorine building and chemical tanks. It features some very unique and advanced chemical spill response scenarios. The cities and fire departments participating include Kent, Eastside, Renton, Redmond, South King County, Duvall, Bellevue, Tukwila, Woodinville, Bothell, and Kirkland.  The four-day long series of drills and response exercises runs through Monday, Sept 15 through Thursday Sept 18. Find out more.

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