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First responder scenarios for emergency training on the streetcar

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TFD emergency training with the streetcar (Source: Barbara Grijalva) TFD emergency training with the streetcar (Source: Barbara Grijalva)
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

It's what Tucson Fire has been preparing for, for a long time. This is a drill required by the federal and state governments.

Today is the first hands on drill for Tucson's first responders, as well as the University of Arizona Police, who have been training to learn all they can about the modern streetcar.  All so they can be ready for any emergency. 

Earlier this morning Tucson Fire crews got to practice their rescue tactics on the following scenario - the streetcar was hit by a truck carrying gasoline and the fuel spills. 

What makes this scene different and unique for the streetcar is due to the fact the car is attached to electric wires. 

"What are safety protocols?  What's going to get us in trouble secondarily and, in this particular scenario, obviously there was a collision.  There was a flammable liquid spill so there's gasoline on the floor.  We have three patients inside, but one of those is the driver.  He's unconscious. So now how do you get in and make sure they're ok medically?" said Tucson Fire Captain Barrett Baker on the firefighter's training today.

Later this afternoon it will be the Tucson Police SWAT practicing two scenarios with the streetcar.  One will be a hostage situation, the other will be a passenger with a bomb. 

Stay with Tucson News Now at 4, 5 and 6 to see how the training is going.

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