FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CARBONDALE – First responders from the City of Carbondale Fire Department, Carbondale Office of Emergency Management, and Carbondale Police Department will participate in a training exercise in downtown Carbondale on Tuesday, April 12, between 9 a.m. and noon.
The full-scale exercise will simulate a hazardous material train derailment and train/vehicle collision at the grade crossing with East College Street. This exercise gives first responders the opportunity to practice timely coordination and communication with other agencies to adequately prepare for any potential real-life emergencies.
This event is sponsored by the Jackson County Emergency Management Agency. Other participating agencies and organizations include the Jackson County Ambulance Service, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Canadian National Railroad, SIU Department of Public Safety, MABAS #45, ILEAS, and Southern Illinois Healthcare-Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.
Media personnel interested in observing the training exercise should contact Public Relations Officer Roni LeForge at 618-457-3262.
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