Walla Walla Fire District # 5 Receives Oil Spill Response Equipment
BURBANK, Wa.,--Hood Park served as the training site. Today, officials from Walla Walla Fire and Columbia Basin Dive Rescue learned about Boom equipment. Since the Tri-Cities is a large water based community, Tri-County HAZMAT Coordinator, Ted Ricci, said having the proper resources for an oil spill is crucial.
"It's very important that we be able to quickly get spill equipment onto the river to, to protect the environment," said Ricci.
Booms are floatable devices which extend up to 150 feet in the water. They're designed to change both the direction of an oil or gasoline spill as well as containing it to a small area.
There are two transfer stations lining the Snake River which pose potential spill hazards.