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Disaster expert examines Spokane's preparedness for oil train derailment

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

MOBILE USERS CLICK HERE FOR A SLIDESHOW OF THE REPORT

The City of Spokane recently hired one of our nation's leading experts in disaster response to look at how prepared we would be if an oil train derailed in Spokane. 

Michael Hildebrand, from Hildebrand and Noll Associates, Inc., interviewed leaders from local fire departments, Spokane Police, and even Fairchild Air Force Base to discuss our plans, should the worst case scenario happen. 

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You can read his entire report HERE, but Hildebrand summarized his findings in a "Pros & Cons" list. 

Pros:

  • Good multi-agency coordination
  • First responders plan, train, and do exercises together
  • Communications interoperability
  • Logistics
  • Public safety agencies doing the best to provide consistent level of service based on current funding

Cons:

  • SFD can only field minimum stabilization capacity as opposed to offensive mitigation capability found in cities of similar size
  • Budget reductions have reduced Hazmat personnel, training hours, maintenance
  • Hazmat Team is in a state of "declining capability"
  • Mission critical equipment is out of service because there is no funding to maintain it

To read Hildebrand's written testimony, click HERE.

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