Louisiana State Police announced Jan. 20 the addition of several new pieces of training equipment that have been added to the Joint Emergency Services Training Center in Zachary.

The training center provides a centralized location where law enforcement, government and other civilian agencies train personnel in emergency and first response services.

The additions to the new hazardous materials training field on West Irene Road will help State Police develop programs that simulate realistic conditions, Lt. J.B. Slaton said.

As a part of the new training program, first responders will receive hazardous materials experience while working on tractor-trailers and rail cars. The donated equipment will allow first responders to safely and realistically practice bonding and grounding the tankers, and proper transfer techniques, he said.

Slaton said troopers also will be able to get up close to the vehicles to learn the inner workings of the valves, how to plug and patch holes, and how to stop valves from leaking.

Several companies donated equipment to the program.

ExxonMobil donated two gasoline trailers; Quality Carriers donated a chemical trailer; TMI Enterprises donated a chemical tanker; Union Pacific donated two train tanker rail cars; B&P Enterprises transported the rail tankers, donated and built a set of tracks and installed the trains on-site; and Axiall donated a Chlorine “C” kit used to stop simulated leaks in the valves of a chlorine tank car, he said.

State Police personnel and JESTC employees met with representatives of Quality Carriers upon receiving the new chemical trailer to learn the workings of the trailer and how it could be utilized in training scenarios.

“State troopers would like to thank Louisiana industry partners for their incredible support with the JESTC hazmat training program,” Slaton said. “Through generous donations from private industry partners, first responders will no longer have to leave Louisiana for quality hazmat training.”