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Preparing for terror's aftermath

Posted: June 19, 2008 12:33 a.m.
Updated: August 20, 2008 5:03 a.m.

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From biological warfare to bomb attacks, local health officials prepared for the worst case scenarios Wednesday at a training session at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

Health care professionals ranging from law enforcement to firefighters trained this week to be able to respond to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive weapon warfare.

The training course was run through the Texas A&M University Response and Rescue Training Center using video simulations of chemical attacks and bomb blasts broadcast in the Foundation building on the Newhall Memorial hospital campus.

Patients were rushed in in the form of mannequins. Paramedics ran down a list of symptoms, and the other health professionals took it from there.

The three-day course that ended Wednesday was designed to increase the preparedness and response capability in the Santa Clarita Valley. Instructors stressed using an all hazards approach to disaster response.

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