The training, sponsored by the Institute of Makers of Explosives, was for a training film to teach firefighters and first responders how to deal with a roadway incident involving commercial explosives.
The Emergency Film Group is filming and producing the video, using departments and sites across the country.
Nelson Brothers was one of the national experts contributed to the making of the video and they provided the truck shell for the training Friday.
According to IME, more than seven billion pounds of commercial explosives are manufactured and used each year in the United States, with a large portion of those explosives transported via trucks over the roadways. The materials are taken to construction, mining and petro-chemical sites around the country for use.
With one explosives plant near the edge of town, the department was grateful for the information and training provided and hope the final video will assist other departments in knowing how to handle those incidents.
“We’ve never had a training event like this one,” Fire Chief Chris Edwards said. “Being able to participate in a live fire situation, with a real truck and having Nelson Brothers employees who know about their product and explosives really helped us to be able to make it as realistic as possible.”
Promotional material from the IME and EFG state the purpose of this video is to “provide training for firefighters, law enforcement, emergency medical personnel, truck drivers, industry personnel and others who may need to respond to an incident involving commercial explosives.”
The final product will outline the different response priorities, gear needed for each situation and site and condition evaluation for a variety of types of incidents that could occur on roadways.
“We also appreciate the mayor and council for approving this training and our participation in the video and for supporting us,” Edwards said.
The Emergency Film Group can be reached at 800-842-0999, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on the Internet at www.efilmgroup.com.