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West Fertilizer Report Says Firefighters Not Properly Trained

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NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) - There is a new federal report into what went wrong in the West Fertilizer Plant explosion.

Echoing other federal and state agencies findings, a branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined that firefighters didn't realize the dangers of the ammonium nitrate on property. The ammonium nitrate, stored in dozens of bins inside a building at the plant, was used to make the fertilizer for the West Fertilizer Company.

Surviving firefighters told investigators there was never any formal training on how to deal with the chemicals.

The report makes 13 recommendations - among them that facilities that store dangerous chemicals inform local fire departments about the hazardous chemicals. The report also suggests that industrial facilities should be required to have automatic sprinkler systems… something the plant in West did not have.

Despite the suggestions made in this report and others, there have so far been no new regulations put in place since the April 17, 2013 explosion that killed 15 and injured more than 250 others.

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