|Published:||Jul 09, 2010 12:58 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 08, 2010 10:05 PM EDT|
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - Wink News was on scene as local crews practiced containing oil on the Gulf.
Firefighters from Isles of Capri, the City of Naples and Collier County EMS deployed 160 feet of boom near Isles of Capri.
"We want to be one step ahead of the game," says Isles of Capri Fire Chief Emilio Rodriguez.
Crews wore protective suits and masks while they practiced skimming techniques. They also learned how to change oil-saturated boom.
"It prepares first responders how to deal with these emergencies in a safe environment while protecting the public," says Greg Pacter, Fire Compliance Officer with Collier County EMS.
Local business owners say they feel safer knowing first responders are prepared.
"You have to have somebody who knows what they're doing or else we're all in trouble," says Michael Castellano, owner of Capri Fish House Restaurant.
Local crews will continue training throughout the summer.
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