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Texas State Fire Marshal starts education tour

Texas - After an explosion rocked the city of West, the Texas State Fire Marshal is now preaching safety and training to better prepare others in the state. He says it's his responsibility to keep anything like the West explosion from happening again.

Texas State Fire Marshal, Chris Connealy has kicked off a tour to meet with businesses and first responders on how to better prepare. Connealy and his office kicked off a 68-stop tour across the state.

Conferences will focus on how to better store ammonium nitrate, which is believed to be what detonated the West explosion, as well as other chemicals. Connealy says they are trying to reaffirm best practices and work with local volunteer firefighters to improve safety.

The importance of frequent training and officials asking for help if disaster ever struck is stressed. Connealy has said as a former fire fighter he knows how in fire house culture you don't typically ask for help. He emphasized the importance of that and also further training.

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