On 88 acres just north of Richland fires rage and rescue workers rappel down the side of a building.
For 20 years the Department of Energy’s HAMMER training center has trained workers holding some of the nation’s most hazardous jobs, nuclear waste cleanup and emergency response.
The goal — save lives and avert disaster. “This mission at HAMMER has been successful because it hues to some really basic American values and Washington values,” said Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who stopped by the anniversary celebration on the HAMMER campus Thursday.