BONITA SPRINGS, Fla.,- Prepare for the worst, but hope for the best. That's the motto the Bonita Springs Fire department wants their firefighters to live by. In the wake of the West, Texas explosion, we went to find out how prepared our local firefighters are.
"We train, train, train, we know what's in our district, we know whats possible."
Deputy Fire Chief, Frank Giuliano knows, there is not a single community out there that is immune to some kind of explosion. In fact, Bonita Springs has had there share of explosions.
Here's a picture of one explosion at the Dixie Moon Cafe in 2007 and another one of a trash truck from last year in Bonita Springs. We're told that one could have been worse if firefighters werent properly trained.
"We don't have a manufacturing plant, but those same kind of fertilizers and things like that are prevalent in all communities," said Giuliano.
Giuliano says they do more than just train.
"We inspect every business in our district and our firefighters in the individual fire stations will make trips out to these districts to familiarize themselves in addition."
They use a mobile data system so firefighters can see what kind of hazardous material is inside of the building before they arrive on scene.
"We continually train to make sure we are to our up most capability." Wink found out, the Bonita Springs Utilities building used to house the same hazardous material that leveled the town of West, Texas.
"We got rid of the anhydrous ammonia basically because of safety reasons and over the years we have gotten rid of all our hazardous materials, this was the last," said Andy Koebel, Director of Operations for Bonita Springs Utilities
Bonita Springs has also had a deadly explosion in the past. It was a fireworks explosion at Lovers Key in July of 2003. Five people were killed in that blast.