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Preparing for the worst

A text message reading “crop duster down flight line” appeared on a Marine’s cell phone. Within minutes, sirens were heard as fire trucks and ambulances headed to the accident at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma. Then the text message read “helo crash” at Avenue B and 32nd Street. Another set of emergency workers, both from the air station and local agencies, went to this site ready for multiple casualties. These two sceneries on Thursday morning were part of the air station’s annual weapons of mass destruction field training exercise, Cactus Wind 05. The goal is to simulate a terrorist attack at MCAS, which raises the base’s force protection levels, and to test the current response procedures of station emergency responders and coordination with local emergency and law enforcement agencies, said Chief Warrant Officer-4 Roger Bond, officer in charge of the Aircraft, Rescue and Firefighting unit. Full Story

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