Hazardous Materials Training gets emergency responders ready for disasters

Winona County Emergency Management hosted a Hazardous Materials Training session at Lions Park on Saturday.

Several area first responder groups practiced using a containment boom on the Mississippi river.

Boat crews used the device to simulate containing an oil spill during the training, which was made possible by a grant from the state.

Emergency Management’s director, Ben Klinger , said even though they’ve only used the boom once so far this year it’s important to prepare for emergencies.

” Today is a good day to practice because the current is pretty high, the water’s high. You face current, river traffic, debris and stuff in the river; whatever they’re trying to contain could be the hazard, ” said Klinger .

The training session will be followed a full-scale drill that will happen in Dresbach on October 12 th .

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