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Emergency Responders Train Using Mock Disaster Scenarios

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It's a situation most people hope will never happen in their hometown.

An emergency where toxic materials are exposed to civilians.

Today, the Bismarck, Mandan, Rural and Dickinson Fire Departments join together with the National Guard to make a plan for how they would respond if there was this situation.

Macy Egeland shows us how a group of responders train together... for the unthinkable.

The mock scenario is this: students and faculty inside the building are starting to feel sick.. and when emergency responders get there.. they realize these barrels are leaking toxic material and smoke.

"Hazmat command do you want us to pull out and regroup? Copy that.. you got a hit on that lets get out of there."

Every year and a half, emergency responders put together a training exercise like this one.. 60 people from 5 different departments are here and ready for anything.

"We like to say we're all highly trained but coming out and working with the responders it gets familiarity so you aren't just coming to a scene where you're unfamiliar with the people you're working with...so the training is vital for our city and for us just so we can execute our mission effectively and quickly," ND National Guard Major Patrick Flanagan said.

"We seem to learn something new every time we take our tools out of the box and I think that's an important thing for us to do is to continually be learning what's the newest thing, what's the latest technology and how we operate and how we do everything and so it's a continual learning process," Bismarck Fire Battalion Chief Brooks Martin said.

It's all training they hope they never actually have to use.. but they say it's important they're prepared and able to protect anyone in danger.

Macy Egeland, KX News.

The mock emergency training happened on the University of Mary campus, south of Bismarck.

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