- Associated Press - Monday, April 21, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A conference hosted by the Maine Emergency Management Agency this week will include a session dedicated to the rail disaster across the border in Lac Megantic, Quebec.

The two-day Maine Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference kicks off Tuesday at the Augusta Civic Center with a keynote by a national expert on school and workplace safety.

On Tuesday, a panel made up of U.S. and Canadian officials will focus on fiery oil train derailment that killed 47 people in Lac Megantic. Maine firefighters crossed the border to help douse the fire.

Other events include a skills competition by hazardous materials teams. Additional event sponsors include the State Emergency Response Commission and Maine Association for Local Emergency Managers.

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