MASON CITY, Iowa – Due to the recent train derailment in southern Minnesota, a local fire department is reviewing proper protocol when dealing with hazardous materials.
Lieutenant Dustin Pillard with the Mason City Fire Department is no stranger to receiving hazmat calls.
He took us inside the hazmat truck and showed us the tools they use when called to emergencies such as chemical spills.
“The hazmat team is a control team. We want to take care of any leaks and spills that they have, we don’t do any cleanup at all, so what we do we just mitigate the situation, we stop it from spilling, and we stop it from contaminating the water systems,” says Pillard.
The Mason City Fire Department typically receives three or four hazmat calls each year.