- A local technical college wants to make sure first responders get all the training they need.
That's why NTC in Merrill wanted a rail car.
First responders can use the car to learn how to handle derailments and crashes.
NTC leaders think Merrill is a good place for the rail car.
"Merrill is a centrally located place for Wisconsin and so people from public service that serve our public can come here to train on different aspects of public safety like a railroad car," NTC Associate Dean of Public Safety Sara Gossfeld-Benzing said.
Thursday, NTC held a dedication for the rail car.
Leaders think first responders need the training because trains are being used more.
"Our first responders in the State of Wisconsin need training on product identification. They need training on how to mitigate accidents with rail cars, and how to even approach a rail car," NTC Dean of Public Safety Doug Jennings said.
Representative Sean Duffy was at the dedication.
He helped NTC get the donated rail car from Canadian National.