Joint emergency exercise to play out chemical disaster

Local emergency responders and the 83rd Civil Support Team (CST) of the Montana Army National Guard will be conducting a joint exercise at the Civic Center on Jan. 17, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. to simulate an intentional release of a chemical agent during a school assembly.
The exercise will involve isolation and quarantine of exposed students and staff, medical treatment and transport of patients to Beartooth Billings Clinic, sampling and identification of the chemical agent using HAZMAT personal protection equipment, the use of a robot to search and isolate unknown devices of concern, unified incident command and coordination of local, regional and state emergency resources.
Tom Kohley, Carbon County’s Disaster and Emergency Services (DES) Coordinator, states that, “This is a unique opportunity to train with the Civil Support Team. The CST is an excellent resource who can assist with emergencies involving chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or explosive substances.”
Kohley cautions people in the vicinity of the Civic Center to not be alarmed the day of the exercise. There will be many emergency and military vehicles onsite, people in HAZMAT suits and robots crawling around the facility. This is a scheduled exercise only.
For more information about the joint exercise, contact Tom Kohley at 446-1038.

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