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NYS stages fire training drill for fuel spills

Albany, N.Y. (AP) -- While the Cuomo administration said it's stepping up firefighter training for potential oil train disasters, an Albany community group is skeptical the efforts will protect them from a crude oil explosion.

Sandy Steubing of People of Albany United for Safe Energy said Wednesday that first responders can't extinguish fires involving the explosive crude oil shipped by rail from North Dakota. In recent derailments in Lynchburg, Virginia, and other states, firefighters let the fires burn out.

Steubing spoke as Albany firefighters hosed foam at a simulated fuel-spill fire.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office has been publicizing stepped-up efforts to address oil-train safety. James Cable of the state Division of Homeland Security said the drill was one of dozens routinely held around the state annually to train for fires involving flammable materials.

 
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