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One thing evident in yesterday’s accident was that it was all hands on deck for first responders in the area.
The City of Biloxi reports nearly ten different crews of first responders were on the scene to help Biloxi police and firefighters. Gulfport firefighters helped by manning Biloxi fire stations while Biloxi firefighters were on the scene. Keesler Air Force Base also dispatched ambulances to help.
Chief Joe Boney with the Biloxi Fire Department tells News 25 its joint training like the department did only weeks ago that helps all of these crews work together seamlessly in the case of a tragedy. “About two or three weeks ago we trained with Keesler on a train accident, basically the same situation, more of a hazmat incident. It just proves that training makes it work. We train for this every day, not specifically this type of large scale incident. We train for it and the training comes in handy when you need it. You hope you never need it, but when you do at times like this, it really works.”
Chief Boney went on to say in the case of a large scale accident like this one, he will speak with all of his crew to make sure they come through it okay.

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