The Times
  • NY stages fire training drill for fuel spills

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  • ALBANY ó While the Cuomo administration says itís stepping up firefighter training for potential oil train disasters, an Albany community group is skeptical the efforts will protect them from a crude oil explosion.
    Sandy Steubing of People of Albany United for Safe Energy says Wednesday that first responders canít extinguish fires involving the explosive crude oil shipped by rail from North Dakota. In recent derailments in Lynchburg, Virginia, and other states, firefighters let the fires burn out.
    Steubing spoke as Albany firefighters hosed foam at a simulated fuel-spill fire.
    Gov. Andrew Cuomoís office has been publicizing stepped-up efforts to address oil-train safety. James Cable of the state Division of Homeland Security says the drill was one of dozens routinely held around the state annually to train for fires involving flammable liquids.