Preparing for Disaster

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The sessions offered at Lauderdale County's training facility is part of a 40 hour passenger rail emergency response training program. It will train responders how to react to railroad emergencies in general and passenger train emergencies in particular.
"The name of the game is to enhance their safety and welfare, as well as the passengers and crews," said Anthony Hare of the Meridian Fire Department.

The training facility outside Meridian is the only one like in the southeast offering training classes to six southern states.

Emergency personnel from Georgia, Biloxi and Gulfport as well as Meridian are taking part in the weeklong training. A similar training course is scheduled for December.