Hazmat crews from across the state gathered in Missoula for a special training class dealing with cargo tanks. Fire fighters said almost 90% of incidents they respond to dealing with hazardous materials involve cargo tanks that transport chemicals.
32 hazardous materials technicians from Montana's hazmat teams have been training in a cargo tank response class hosted by the Missoula Rural Fire District.
The training looks at the different types of cargo tanks that travel Montana highways, how they are constructed, and how to deal with incidents involving these cargo tanks.
"There's always dangers with over the road tank cargo, vehicle crashes, tank car roll-overs, fuel leaks form these particular cargo vessels," said Captain Michael Bowman with the Missoula Rural Fire District.
The class is funded by Montana Disaster and Emergency Services through a U.S. Department of Transportation grant.