Norfolk-Southern officials provide free training for first responders

BEELEVUE, Ohio (WOIO) — Norfolk-Southern officials are hosting a regional safety training event for first responders at their new training center in Bellevue starting Tuesday.

Rescuers from Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia will arrive over the next two weeks, Norfolk-Southern officials said.

Free training includes the following topics:

• Railway safety

• Understanding rail transport documents

• Identification and evaluation of tank wagons

• Valves and fittings for tanks

• Locomotive emergencies

• Rail emergency response

• Mobile App AskRail

• Strategies and tactics of response

The Norfolk-South train derailed in East Palestine on February 3, creating a poisonous mess.

Earlier this month, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost filed a lawsuit against Norfolk-Southern over the derailment.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced on Monday that Ohio Department of Health officials are interviewing East Palestine residents and first responders about health issues following the crash.

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