FORT DODGE: Rail Car Helps Firefighters Train

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A tanker rail car has been donated to a regional fire training center in Fort Dodge. The rail tank car will be a prop fire fighters can climb and practice working with the valves.  Also at the center is a tower which gives fire fighters practice climbing roofs, and doing interior fire suppression work.  The center also has areas where fires are set inside a car and a dumpster to give practice in that area.

The rail car is valued at over $100,000 and was damaged in a derailment in Indiana. It was trucked to the training site, which is just east of the Fort Dodge Correctional Center. An open house will be held for the public Saturday September 21 from 9:00-11:00 am.