Orange County firefighters begin new hazardous materials training

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Firefighters in Orange County held their first day of training this week for Orange County Fire Rescue’s new special operations unit.

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OCFR simulated a hazardous materials response Thursday at the Forsyth Facility Center.

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The rapid intervention team was tasked with finding and removing leaks from a one-ton chlorine gas cylinder.

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They also practiced finding and rescuing a firefighter in trouble.

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“Today, were doing some hazmat training,” said Greg Hubbard with Orange County Fire Rescue. “We’re doing a simulated chlorine leak, so our crews are gonna make entry to mitigate the hazard inside a simulated business here in Orange County.”

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OCFR’s hazmat training will continue until May 19.

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