- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp says more federal money is available to train firefighters and others who must respond to hazardous material emergencies, including oil train derailments.

The North Dakota Democrat says the Federal Emergency Management Agency has allocated $5 million to support a training center in Pueblo, Colorado. She says the training is aimed at helping emergency workers deal with incidents like the fiery oil train crash outside Casselton in December that left an ominous cloud over the town and led some residents to evacuate.

Heitkamp says some emergency workers from North Dakota already have taken part in training at the facility. She says others may apply to FEMA to receive the training.

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