Hazmat Training In Medford

By Steven Sandberg

MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford firefighters are training for the potential of a dangerous natural gas explosion.

Firefighter teams with utility workers in Medford on Wednesday morning, practicing a scenario in which a crashed natural gas line causes an explosion.

Crews trained how to rescue people from the scene, and how to work with the utility employees to secure the area. Firefighters say the situation is rare, but it’s one they need to be ready for.

As part of the training, a section of Payne Road was blocked off. Firefighters say they want to make sure they can keep people out of that type of danger zone.