Missouri firefighters train to handle oil fires
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - Missouri firefighters have been seeking specialized training in handling possible emergencies stemming from rail shipments of crude oil.
Nine firefighters from the Logan-Rogersville Fire Protection District traveled to the Security and Emergency Response Training Center in Colorado in recent weeks, and a BNSF Railway instructor will also hold a class for the Springfield Fire Department and other agencies later this month.
The Springfield News-Leader reports that crude oil shipments by U.S. rail have skyrocketed as a result of increased crude oil extraction, particularly in the Bakken fields of North Dakota and Montana.
BNSF pays for the firefighter training but hasn't told the public specifically how much crude oil is shipped through the area. BNSF says exact routes of crude oil trains aren't public for security reasons.