31 emergency response workers from around Southwest Georgia attended an 8-hour course on how to respond to a rail car accident.
The course, taught by Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium, is given to rural areas throughout the country that contain regularly-traveled railways.
Jim Vaught with Albany-Dougherty Emergency Management says these response workers are required to go through a certain amount of training and this class is a good way to teach them the skills needed.
Vaught says if a train carrying hazardous materials were to ever derail, the response would need to be methodical and slow moving, something emergency response workers are not used to.
This training session gives them the tools needed, including identifying the chemical within the train car, and the steps required to get the situation under control as safely as possible.