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Weekend drill was beneficial to participants

Anthrax exposure, chlorine gas explosions and terrorists all provided real-life drama in a weekend drill involving more than 200 first responders. The responders from Sarpy and Douglas counties tested the radio system and law enforcement and fire/rescue responses to the unfolding events. Less than 50 of the responders were from Sarpy County, said Joe Mastandrea, deputy director of the Sarpy County Emergency Management Agency, but it was good practice nonetheless to communicate with Douglas County. “Even though we saw it was an exercise, there were a lot of opportunities for learning,” Mastandrea said. “It’s a very good familiarization for the players. We got a lot of positive feedback from the players. They were very thankful to wrestle with these issues.” Full Story

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