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Hazmat training session for National Guard, first responders held at WCSU

For two days this week, a joint Hazardous Materials training event was held at Western Connecticut State University. 


The scenario was about a dorm room converted into a drug lab where a simulated chemical reaction occurred, causing a hazardous materials incident requiring a victim rescue.  No live victims or hazardous materials were used during the scenario. 


All agencies listening in on a briefing of the scenario

(Photo: DFD)


The Danbury Fire Department, Connecticut and Vermont Army and Air Force National Guard Civil Support Team, Western Connecticut Hospital Network EMS and WestConn Police participated at the West Side Campus Tuesday and yesterday. 


The National Guard simulated the deployment of their HAZMAT and Chemical Weapon incident response team and equipment.  Teams entered the building to practice with their hazardous materials meters and protective suits. A full decontamination system was set up to simulate scrubbing responders of any harmful products they may have come into contact with.


LT Ted Mourges assisting with equipment checks prior to the drill. FF Kent Bonsignore and LT Shea Hanson in the background preparing to suit up for the scenario

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