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Responders tested in drill

Officials gather to simulate how to deal with a terrorist attack. A massive explosion on the campus of Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital Thursday morning caused hundreds of casualties and necessitated large-scale evacuation efforts amidst toxic fumes — but luckily, only in the imaginations of local emergency response personnel. Law enforcement, fire, medical, E911 and other Rome and Floyd County officials — with the help of around 20 real-life “victims” — played out the domestic terrorist attack scenario as part of an emergency response preparedness drill. “It’s all part of the overall homeland security picture — to improve emergency response to all hazards,” explained Tony Cooper, Floyd Medical Center EMS training officer and Floyd County deputy coroner. Full Story

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