Capital City Fire Rescue recently completed an intensive three-day Hazardous Materials Program on anhydrous ammonia.
Held March 26 to 28 in Juneau, the program included Capital City Fire Rescue Career staff, volunteers and Hazardous Materials Team members as well as ADEC, Ketchikan Fire Department and Tenakee Springs Fire Department members.
Participants attended classroom lectures, a live anhydrous ammonia release at the Hank Harmon Rifle Range and a full-scale exercise with a simulated release.
According to Division Chief Rich Etheridge, anhydrous ammonia is a very common refrigerant and is used heavily in the fishing industry.
"This training has better prepared responders to safely, competently and efficiently mitigate an emergency incident," he wrote. "Emergency responders are trained to respond to emergency situations only. They will attempt to stabilize the incident from getting worse and rescue and treat any victims. They are not involved in the clean up or site remediation of any hazardous materials incident."
Clean up and remediation responsibilities fall under the property owner and the person or persons responsible for the incident, Ethridge added.