Fire Department Trains with National Guard for Hazmat Situation


RENO, Nev.- Wearing protective suits and masks, Hazmat workers exited the Reno Livestock Events center Tuesday, marking the end to successful mission.

"The scenario that we are working on today is a public event where we have had some potential threats, and what we are doing right now is evaluating the potential threats. Either to confirm the threats or mitigate them at that point," said Captain Eric Millette of the Sparks Fire Department.

There's no emergency here, just a drill. But a perfect example of what could happen.

"What we try to do is to throw different scenarios to the training events so that we can try to train for an practice any one of those particular events," said Millette.

Tuesday's training covered various different scenarios including chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear Hazmat situations.

"They're firefighters, they have a lot of different calls for service versus this is all we do," said LTC Cory Schulz.

Working alongside first responders Tuesday was the 92nd Civil Support Team of the Nevada National Guard. They're professionals in Hazmat response.

"Our team actually was called out for the Ricin incident in Las Vegas where we supported the FBI. And it was very successful and we helped mitigate that situation," said Schulz.

The two teams work differently under normal situations. Tuesday's training brings them under a unified command.

"If something like this happens, we are trained to be as ready as we possibly could be, based on what we understand might be the problem," said Millette.

Ideally the preparation results in a less catastrophic situation should one arise.


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