Traill-Steele Counties Host Full-Scale Hazardous Material Emergency Training at Mayville State
Mayville, ND — Emergency crews from Traill and Steele counties on Monday night participated in a unique training exercise that simulated a full-scale emergency situation involving hazardous materials. The training exercise took place at Mayville State University and involved a number of different agencies, including Traill and Steele County Sheriff’s Office and Fire Departments from Mayville, Portland, Hillsboro, Hatton, Galesburg, Buxton, Reynolds, Grandin, Finley, Sharon, and Hope. West Traill Ambulance and Northwood Ambulance also took part in the training. Traill County Sheriff Steve Hunt says they conducted the training as a “how-to” scenario in order to protect lives and property in the event of a hazardous materials incident. Hunt adds that they worked with Mayville State to make the training as real as humanly possible.
There was a lot to be learned from such a large-scale training exercise. Specifically, one of the challenges they dealt with according to Sheriff Hunt was communication and getting all the departments on the same page.
Despite the challenges, Hunt says the various crews were able to quickly adapt, overcome, and successfully complete their missions.
As successful and important as these full-scale training exercises are, Hunt says they take a lot of money and resources to put together.
The lessons and experience gained from the exercise will also help Traill and Steele County rewrite their Hazardous Materials Response Plan. Listen back to the full interview with Sheriff Hunt below: