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Brooklyn Park Fire Chief Ken Prillaman tells the Minnesota House public safety committee on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, that he supports a bill that would provide funds for first-responders to be trained and equipped to fight oil fires. Looking on in Rep. Debra Hillstrom of Brooklyn Center. FORUM NEWS SERVICE/Don Davis

Committee moves toward oil disaster preparedness

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ST. PAUL -- Plans to train first responders such as firefighters to battle oil disasters are gaining traction in the Minnesota Legislature.

"It takes just one of these trains at the wrong place at the wrong time for a catastrophe," Rep. Jim Newberger, R-Becker, told fellow members of the House public safety committee Wednesday before it approved funding a program to provide more training funds for first responders to oil incidents.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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