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Casselton Fire Chief Testifies in Senate Hearing on Disaster Response

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It's been about three months since the explosive train derailment and crash near Casselton, North Dakota, and senators from the state continue to push for rail safety.

Senator Heidi Heitkamp asked Casselton Fire Chief Tim McLean to testify at a Senate hearing on emergency response training Tuesday in Washington, D.C. McLean detailed the flawless Cass County response to the disaster, but he said it wouldn't have been possible without federal grant money for equipment and training.

"Because of the growing oil industry and the likelihood that oil will continue to be shipped via rail, we must continue to train and plan for these types of incidents," McLean testified. "Yes, the tanker cars will likely be improved and pipelines will be used more extensively, but that does not erase the fact that crude and other hazardous materials will continue to be shipped through our communities."

McLean added the Casselton incident should put everyone on notice that these things happen, no matter how prepared you are.


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