Oakland FD performs hazmat drill

October 15, 2008 3:06:02 PM PDT
The Oakland Fire Department is going the extra mile to put its hazardous material unit to the test. On Wednesday, members of the unit began a three day training exercise. it was designed to see how crews respond to an overturned fuel transport vehicle, leaking its contents into the channel between Lake Merrit and the estuary. Little soccer balls were used to show how a spill spreads. The test is modeled after a real accident from 2004, when a big-rig overturned on interstate 880.