Step into HFD's train graveyard training grounds

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- At first glance, they appear to be historic railroad trains -- but step inside these cool locomotives on any given day and you will find HFD's brave first responders training on how to keep us all safe during emergencies.

The trains on display at the Houston Fire Department Academy have been refurbished and transformed into modern classrooms, equipped with desks, chairs, air conditioning, ceiling fans, hardwood floors and projection monitors.

"The best part is that 95% of the materials have been donated to us by people and commercial companies in the community," said Kevin Okonski with HFD's Hazmat Team. "My team not only learns the safest way to handle train derailments, pipeline or truck emergencies in the classroom, but we also experience it on site with real life demonstrations."

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With Houston being the Petrochemical Capital of the World, Houston's Fire Department Hazardous Materials Response Team has become a leader in training best safety practices to HAZMAT teams across the globe.

"It's what can we do here in Houston to not only help our city and surrounding agencies, but also help teams worldwide" Okonski added.

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