Written by Nicole Porter
Last updated on February 15, 2013 @ 7:56PM
Created on February 15, 2013 @ 5:53PM
The City of Bridgeport is taking the first steps to prepare for a hazardous emergency. The Emergency Services Department in conjunction with the Volunteers in Police Service are assessing what types of hazardous materials are being stored or driven through the city.
The main reason is to make sure the city is prepared. City emergency officials want to find out what true risk the community has in dealing with hazardous materials.
This study is actually a multiple phase thing. During the assessment, they will find out what hazardous materials are in the area whether it's by air transportation, highway transportation, in a fixed facility or in a pipeline. They do have to request some information from companies such as the railroad to find out what hazardous materials are on cargo trains.
They started the ground transportation part of the study this week. The Volunteers in Police Service are sitting at seven different areas across the city from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays. They will be recording every truck that comes though and writing down the UN numbers that are on the trucks so the city knows which hazardous materials are inside.
Officials believe that you have to know what the risks are so you can prepare. It's hoped that after getting results they'll know where to target resources.
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