Preparing for hazards

Hastings firefighters worked with the Nebraska National Guard and other agencies to practice responses to situations involving hazardous materials on Thursday at the Lincoln Park Fire Station.

Lt. Col. Jan Behn with the 72nd Civil Support Team of the Nebraska National Guard said the team could be called in by Hastings firefighters for help. The team provides identification and removal of hazardous materials. While there is a low risk of being exposed to hazardous material issues, there is a high risk involved in handling them.

"It's an opportunity for us to train together so if a real-world situation comes up, we will have experience working together," Behn said.

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