Duerksen attends training for Bakken oil
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 — Forest Duerksen, the fire chief for the Westwood Fire Department, took part in hands-on field training exercises Oct. 2- through 22 designed to teach emergency responders how to manage incidents related to crude oil trains. The training was underwritten by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway and held at the Transportation Technology Center in Pueblo, Colorado, which is the railroad industry’s private training and research center.
“The training made me feel more confident. I got to be incident commander on one of the training scenarios, and that is where I will be if we have an incident. It helped me to make sure I am doing things right and brought up considerations I had not thought about,” said Duerksen.