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Emergency crews train at Mid American plant in Waterloo


Safety first. Crews with Mid American Energy and Waterloo Fire Rescue are working together to make sure a liquid natural gas plant in Waterloo stays safe. These two groups began training on Tuesday, holding a gas leak simulation at the plant.

"Occasionally they'll load semi trucks with that liquid and what we're simulating is after loading a truck and the truck tipped over and had a spill," said Waterloo Battalion Chief Mike Junk.

"It's important we work with emergency responders and educate them on our policies and procedures so we can work on responding efficiently and effectively so if something was to happen they would definitely be involved. We just want to make sure to rehearse this so we're more than ready," said Mid American Spokesperson Tina Potthoff.

While these fire fighters aren't in full gear many people driving along San Marnan Drive in Waterloo have thought this is the real thing. Officials with Mid American Energy want people to know there is no danger.

"We want people to understand with this simulation there is no release of gas, no vapors in the air, there's no fire. Even through you might see fire trucks spraying water on this facility or in the area you will not see any type of fire taking place," said Potthoff.

Training for Waterloo Fire Rescue is nothing new as they do some training every day. Big operations like the one at Mid American plant, they try to do at least once a month.

"If you don't do things frequently enough you kind of forget about things and lose your edge and then more we can do hands on stuff out here the better it is for us and for the company," said Junk.

This is the first time this drill has been held, but Mid American officials say it will become a yearly event.

These drills will continue Thursday. The first session will take place at 9:30 in the morning and the second one will be at 1:30 in the afternoon.

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