ST. PAUL, MINN. – The Plummer Volunteer Fire Department dealt with a deadly and disastrous collision with precision and quick thinking. The firefighter’s actions are being honored by a Senate Resolution authored by Sen. LeRoy Stumpf (DFL-Plummer). The resolution honors the Plummer Volunteer Fire Department for their prompt and professional response to a chemical spill emergency following the collision of a semi-trailer with a Canadian Pacific train on March 31, 2012.
“Our small corner of the state rarely sees accidents of this proportion, but the Plummer Volunteer firefighters handled the situation quickly and efficiently; evacuating area residents, requesting sand to build a dam around the spilled chemicals and calling in assistance from a regional hazardous material team,” said Sen. Stumpf
The Minnesota State Senate is extending its formal congratulations to the Plummer Volunteer Fire Department and the Secretary of the Senate prepared an enrolled copy of the resolution and sent it to Plummer Fire Chief Phil Zimpel.
“Receiving this formal congratulations from the Minnesota Senate and Sen. Stumpf was definitely a surprise and an honor. This was a tragic event, but it brought our department closer together and gave us invaluable training by working with agencies that our small town normally doesn’t have any contact with,” said Chief Phil Zimpel.