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Report says West first responders not trained to fight fertilizer plant fire

WEST, TX (KXXV) - The State Fire Marshal's Office released its report on the West explosion detailing what can be done in the future with fires at a fertilizer plant facility. 

The state office is required to release a line of duty death report when a firefighter is killed fighting a fire. Thursday, the marshal's office released its report on the West explosion at 8:30 p.m. Earlier in the night, Fire Marshal Chris Connealy presented their findings to the families of the victims of the explosion at a church in West. 

One family member says most of the information was what they already knew but they appreciated the respect from the Fire Marshall's Office. Connealy also gave a presentation to the McLennan County Commissioners after the public release. 

The report gives a play-by-play detailing what was happening and where firefighters were in the minutes leading up to the explosion. After showing pictures and maps of those events, the report goes into what can be done differently when firefighters fight a similar fire. 

It says the department was not trained and didn't have the equipment to fight a hazardous materials fire. The report also says they didn't have the right procedures, didn't have a pre-set plan, didn't have a proper command system and didn't have the right strategy to fight the fire. 

It also says volunteer firefighters should be trained properly and be able to recognize hazardous situations. 

To read the report, click here
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