DMFD Firefighters Conduct Intense Hazmat Training

Press Release

Des Moines, Iowa — Thursday, January 20, 2022 — Roughly 80 times a year, the Des Moines Fire Department Hazmat team gets the call when a chemical or truck rollover has deadly potential. That team is about to get some crucial reinforcements.

This week, 10 DMFD Firefighters have been undergoing the final week of a grueling, 80-hour Hazardous Materials certification course and will soon join the DMFD Hazmat Team.

"This is an intense course," Des Moines Fire Department Captain Bob Suarez said. "What they're getting is an opportunity to combine the book learning and theory behind hazmat operations and put it into practice in a safe scenario so that they're better equipped to make decisions in the do-or-die scenarios they will face in the real world."

DMFD firefighters joined firefighters and law enforcement members from departments across the state in the two-week training that was conducted at Camp Dodge in Johnston, Iowa.

Al Setka
Chief Communications Officer, City Manager’s Office
(515) 283-4057

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