LANSING, MI (WLNS) – Containing a hazardous materials emergency takes a joint effort between a number of different fire departments across mid-Michigan.
“In this area we have the Lansing Metro Fire Department’s Hazmat Team which is made up of the city of Lansing, Lansing Township, Delhi, Delta and Meridian Township,” said Michael Tobin with the Lansing Fire Department.
Tobin says it’s a very effective partnership.
“If you can control a hazmat incident especially early on, you can save lives very quickly,” said Tobin.
Tobin also says a quick hazmat response can not only save lives but also the environment.
“It can save a lot of money and clean-up issues when it comes to environmental and that’s one of our key missions. First is life-safety, then we try to control the incident then it’s environmental conservation after that,” said Tobin.
But John Clark with the Delta Township Fire Department says training doesn’t come cheap.
“The training is expensive and while they are training obviously they are not working, so it becomes an issue of finding someone to work for them and back-filling them or paying overtime,” said John Clark with Delta Township.
Emergency responders say the training is valuable and they’re always looking for more opportunities.
“It’s a high-risk, low frequency and in any incident like that you have a long time between calls and the more training and simulations you can have the better people are prepared for it,” said Clark.