They're dressed in suits and carry oxygen tanks.
But this isn't a group of ghost busters. It's a hazmat team.
And they're on the move more than you might think.
Captain Michelle Bauerkemper said, “This is training to familiarize not only the Dothan Fire Department, but also the 46th support team with how we'd operate.”
Training for 'just in case' and 'what if'
Battalion Chief Chris Etheridge said,” They're actually in a real suit with the air packs on. None of that is simulated. Only the product is simulated.
A real suit you wouldn't be able to get out of quickly in a real situation.
Chief Etheridge said, “The suits that they're wearing create their own environments inside. It isolates them from the product.”
Luckily, Bauerkemper says it's not always the worst.
Bauerkemper said, “Most of the time, we run into a simple white powder or hoaxes, somebody trying to scare somebody. That is not uncommon.”
But that's not always the case.
Bauerkemper said, “We have had meth labs and the occasional pipe bomb.”
So when the cost of having a training day like this adds up…..
Chief Etheridge said, “It is expensive. You can't put a price tag on being prepared when the bad stuff happens.”
…they'd rather be safe than sorry