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Valley firefighters receive hazmat training

Valley firefighters train for a hazmat situation. (KTAR Photo/Sandra Haros)

PHOENIX -- Valley firefighters spent Monday morning training and sharpening their skills in preparation for the next hazmat call they are dispatched to.

"They're low-frequency but high-hazard," said Phoenix Fire Cpt. Darrel Wiseman of the calls.

The Hazardous Materials Team responds to a wide variety of incidents, which include potentially deadly emergencies like chemical fires, leaks, spills, explosions and weapons of mass destruction.

The hazards involve may include toxicity, flammability, radiological exposure, explosives or a combination of the aforementioned.

The training took place at the Union Pacific Rail Yard in Phoenix, where firefighters tackled a significant chemical spill on Jan. 3, when a tanker was leaking flammable ethanol alcohol.

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Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

Sandra enjoys cooking and admits to enjoying "really bad" reality T.V. She also enjoys spending quiet time at home with people she loves, playing a little poker and traveling.

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