MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- An increase in crude oil traveling by rail through Wisconsin has prompted first responders to seek more firefighting foam so they're better prepared for the possibility of a major train derailment.
The state's top emergency official says Wisconsin Emergency Management is working to stockpile the expensive material. He hopes to purchase 1,500 gallons of foam and store the firefighting material at several sites within two hours of where a derailment could occur.
Wisconsin Public Radio reports that rail companies also are ramping up their firefighting foam supplies.
A BNSF Railway spokeswoman says the company purchased more foam to ease the concerns of fire officials after a second track through La Crosse was approved.
The state currently has one reserve of 1,600 gallons at Camp Douglas.