Albemarle Co. Firefighters Learn to Handle Environmental Crimes

Aug. 22, 2014

Area firefighters are putting their knowledge to the test as they finish up of a week-long class on how to handle the illegal dumping of hazardous chemicals.

The class focuses on environmental crimes, and teaches the firefighters how best to approach and collect evidence when someone illegally disposes of chemicals.

On Friday, firefighters were tested on what they learned in a simulated chemical-dump scenario.

Course instructors say this scenario is one of the most important parts of the class.

“What this class does is bring all those parts together into one, get everybody working together who don't normally work together,” said Albemarle Co. Fire Marshal Howard Lagomasino. “And the key is to be able to pull all that together. And if they do, then they'll get the certification from the class and also it makes them better prepared to handle these incidents.”

For their final test, firefighters had to present the evidence they collected in today's scenario to instructors the way they would present evidence if they were in court.

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