STAUNTON, VA -- Trains run through many parts of the Valley. We spoke with Staunton Fire and Rescue to see how prepared they would be for a large derailment and spill like the one that happened in Lynchburg.
Local fire and rescue train with CSX and Buckingham Branch each year to prepare for disasters. Issues like this cannot be completely avoided, and preparation is key. First, the area would be completely evacuated. Fire and rescue train to turn off controls and utilities, and would work as a group with the train companies and hazmat in the event of a spill.
"It's a joint command system, a unified command system, and everybody meets together in order to achieve their common goal. We'll bring a little bit to the scene, they'll bring a little bit to the scene, and we'll try to mitigate the situation as best as possible," said Captain George Fitzgerald of Staunton Fire Department.
In an event as large as this, where a water source is affected, it could take weeks or months to clean up.