HAZMAT Drill A Success Says EMC Connolly

HAZMAT Drill A Success Says EMC Connolly

Buffalo's Emergency Management/HAZMAT Drill that happened Saturday was a success in which a number of entities cooperated and learned a great deal, according to Johnson County Emergency Management Coordinator Marilyn Connolly.

The drill was a staged event that had local police, sheriff's department, city and county fire as well as the Regional Response Team and Wyoming National Guard training to determine the readiness of the agencies in dealing with an emergency situation.

Saturday's training event centered around a garbage truck that had unknowingly picked up some kind of hazardous material that when mixed with the material in the truck created a toxic smoke plume that affected an area of Stockyard Road, overwhelmed the garbage truck crew, a bus load of children on a field trip and a fisherman in the area. Many imagined casualties were associated with the drill, including four deaths and numerous people affected and sent to the hospital.
The National Guard then staged their own drill revolving around the cleanup efforts once the main drill was completed, which took the morning to complete.

Connolly said the drill was a great learning experience for all involved.

For pictures from Saturday's event, go to the home page at sheridanmedia.com

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