Training is a constant when it comes to first responders.

Recently, members from Ford County Fire & EMS, Dodge City Fire Department, Sedgwick County Fire Department and Colby Fire Department, participated in a two-week long Hazardous Material Technician course.

The 15 first responders took classes on gas monitoring, radiation monitoring, personal protective equipment, chemistry, hands on training, interpreting different types of toxins found in rail and truck transport, field sampling of unknown chemicals, stopping leaking of high pressure tanks, and lots of studying.

"Once certified these folks will be assigned to a regional hazardous materials team in one of the regions of the state," Ford County Fire Chief Robert Boyd said. "We currently have a team at Ford County that is part of the State Fire Marshal and this will just complement our team with additional trained technicians."

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