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Hazardous materials training exercise

POSTED: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 5:25pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

COLLEGE STATION -- If you were out near Dowling Road today, you may've noticed quite a bit of activity.

The College Station Fire Department is training this week.

They held a full-scale hazardous materials training exercise at the pumping station to learn how to handle an intentional release of chemicals into our water supply.

Five different emergency response units from around the state participated, including the FBI and the National Guard's Sixth Civil Support team.

Bart Humphreys with the College Station Fire Department says it's important to do these types of exercises.

"Nothing can simulate the actual hands on, doing, coordination between all these different agencies. This is extremely beneficial to local emergency responders and our citizens."

In order to have the hands-on, real-time experience, responders used tools like the bomb robot and hazmat suites.

Humphreys said these types of exercises are routine to keep responders skills sharp.

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