Report: West, Tex., firefighters not prepared to fight massive explosion

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WEST, TX – Over a year has passed since the deadly blast at the West, Texas, fertilizer plant killed 15 people.

But we’re still finding out clues about what went wrong that day.

Last month the U.S. Chemical Safety Board ruled that the explosion was “preventable.”

Now the Texas State Fire Marshal’s office is saying mistakes were made after the blast as well.

The office just released its findings after a year-long investigation.

Their report says firefighters battling the massive blaze were unprepared, and “the strategy and tactics utilized by the west volunteer fire department…exposed the firefighters to extreme risks.”

The fire marshal’s office doesn’t blame the firefighters, but instead says they were victims of a “deficiency…in training and preparation.”

So how can we avoid such a deadly situation in the future?

Well, the report is calling for better training for these first responders who volunteer to put their lives on the line for the rest of us.

Sadly, it seems the more answers we get about that day, the more we have to face this is one tragedy that could have been prevented.