Alaska National Guard responds to Valdez tanker crash
On Friday morning, a tanker truck went off the road near Valdez, crashed and began spilling diesel fuel.
By coincidence, about 250 National Guardsmen are in Valdez taking part in exercise Arctic Eagle 2018.
Guardsmen from the 103rd Civil Support Team, Alaska National Guard, and Washington National Guard Homeland Response Force worked with first responders after the diesel fuel tanker truck crashed near a waterway, helping dig trenches and lay down chemicals to soak up the fuel.
Water samples were tested from a nearby fish stream and all came back clean.
"Having the man power on last minute notice and quick mobilization with everyone being here it was great timing," USGC, Marine Safety Unit - Valdez, Lt. Aaron Riutta said. "Having the trained folks from Alaska and other states has been critical in what is really a unique experience."
Guardsmen will conduct the field training exercise portion of Arctic Eagle 2018 in Valdez today. The civil support teams and a homeland response force will demonstrate a response to a catastrophic event. These units are equipped and ready to respond to chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear threats and occurrences.
Arctic Eagle 2018 consists of scenario-based events at multiple locations throughout Alaska. The scenarios include hazardous material detection and response, security and protection of critical infrastructure, triage, domain awareness patrol, communication and transportation support.
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