Crews Use PVCC Science Building for Hazmat Training Scenarios

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Firefighters got the chance to put their skills to the test Monday at Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC).

Crews with Charlottesville and Albemarle County spent hours going through hazmat (hazardous material) scenario training at PVCC’s Keats Science Building Monday, October 8.

They focused their training on what to do in the event of a chemical spill inside a science lab.

"We want to be prepared before a real-world incident," said Charlottesville Fire Marshal Jay Davis. "In a training environment, everything is controlled, everything can be stopped, we can talk about it, if there's something that needs to be addressed we can do that then. And at the end of this we'll all have a meeting and talk about what went good, what went bad, and what we need to work on for the future."

If this had been a real emergency on campus, everyone would be notified as soon as possible: “We have a system that sends text messages, emails, social media alerts, as well as website notifications to all our students and staff and faculty in real time, and we update those as we have more information," said PVCC Director of Marketing and Media Relations Bruce Vlk.

These training exercises are held at least once a year to make sure fire crews stay up-to-date on proper procedures and techniques.