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Area emergency crews train for hazmat scare

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AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. - More than 40 combined members of the Spokane fire department, Fairchild Air Force base, Kootenai County responders and Airway Heights took part in a week long hazmat response training at Fairchild Air Force base.

Among the simulations were a train derailment and a gas leak which spread through the air vents of an office building on base. Of course none of the scenarios were real. "It can be stressful" Tech Sergeant Chris Lance says. "You know you have to learn to cope with that so as far as this training, its great. Then you know how to calm yourself down and act accordingly."
 
Crews spent most of the morning on Thursday working through the mock gas leak. It's a situation that in some ways mirrored a response to a tanker leaking Trimethylamine along Interstate 90 at State Line back in September. That leak shut down a part of I-90 for 19 hours.

Lance says "this scenario" on Thursday "is as real as it gets." This training is part of a quarterly training that the Spokane fire department takes on.

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