Firefighters in haz-mat suits surround a smoking rail car at the Port of Catoosa. Nearby, people are being hosed down in a decontamination area. It looks like a real chemical spill, but it’s actually a training simulation. Lead exercise controller Sean Hagerty says it’s designed to promote cooperation between emergency responders.
The Oklahoma National Guard, Tulsa police and fire, Verdigris and Claremore fire, and Port personnel all took part in the exercise.
The Tulsa Port of Catoosa gets a federal grant to help upgrade the main dock. Port Director Bob Portiss says the 6.4 million dollar grant will cover about half the cost of the improvements. The project will increase capacity and provide a more modern cargo handling facility.
The rehab of the main dock will allow more than one million tons of iron and steel cargo a year to be handled at the Port.