DOT Grants $12.8 Million to First Responders and Emergency Workers to Improve Hazardous Materials Planning and Training
WASHINGTON — U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters has announced grants to states, territories and Native American tribes totaling $12.8 million for planning and training to improve the nation’s response to hazardous materials transportation incidents. The grants help train first responders to react to incidents involving hazardous materials and to meet the challenges posed by new chemicals and alternative energy products like ethanol. “This program is a valuable tool that builds upon and enhances the foundation of emergency response capabilities,” Peters said. “The umbrella of hazardous materials safety offered from this DOT-funded specialized training is extensive.” The grants from the
Pulling into Wall, South Dakota, we were greeted by this Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern truck. It was meant to be!
Pulling out of Box Elder, South Dakota, the road paralleled the Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern tracks. It just so happens the morning freight was thundering past! So, I grabbed my trusty camera and rolled down the window. The morning air was crisp as I leaned out precariously. The shutter snapped. The whistle blew. It was another day of chasing freights in Box Elder.