By Brad Segall

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. (CBS) — Montgomery County officials this week showed off a new piece of equipment in their arsenal designed to handle hazardous spill situations.

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The county used a 350,000 federal Homeland Security grant to acquire a brand new foam pumper truck. County officials say the new pump will greatly enhance the capabilities of the Montgomery County Foam Task Force to respond to hazardous material incidents involving liquids that can catch fire and explode.

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County Commissioner Bruce Castor says, “We have a substantial rail corridor in Montgomery County that takes crude oil and other chemicals into the city of Philadelphia and sometimes out west from Philadelphia to western parts of the county.”

The pumper will be housed at the Public Safety Training Campus in Conshohocken.

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Meanwhile, the county is moving forward with an application for state grant funds to help public safety officials put together a plan to manage and mitigate any crude oil rail line incident that could occur.
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