Firefighters break in Longview's new ladder truck

  • Source: Longview Daily News
  • Published: 04/12/2019 06:39 PM

PHOTOS: On a drizzly Thursday morning at the Export Grain Terminal at the Port of Longview, local firefighters scrambled up the 100-foot ladder on a brand-new truck, practiced lowering injured victims to safety and simulated hidden brush fires. The annual training day was a chance for Longview and Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue firefighters to train for a potential disaster at the grain terminal — and to become more familiar with Longview’s new $1.1 million ladder truck. “All incidents have unique hazards,” Longview Battalion Chief Troy Buzalsky said. “Grain creates a lot of dust, which is incredibly explosive. All it takes is a spark and you can have an event every bit as catastrophic as a flammable liquid explosion. So, we need to stay up on our training. It’s rare, but that’s why we prepare.”


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