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Jonesboro, AR--Tiffany Blankenship Reports

Jonesboro Bio Terror Drill

May 4, 2005--Posted at 6:00 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO-- Today, members of Jonesboro's HAZMAT team prepared for the worst in a mock drill.

"Today was a terrorist attack on a school bus of high school students.We came on the scene and removed victims and sent them to the hospital," Jonesboro Fire Department Captain Brett Winston says.

Winston says he wasn't too nervous about the mock attack today.

He says his department is fully prepared for situations like this one.

They have these types of drills four times a year, but he says he was a little shaken when he was the first to arrive.

"I was the first on the scene so I automatically was in charge, and as the command officers showed up, I was kind of hoping they'd take it over but they never did. They just left me in charge," Winston says.

He says these drills are all about timing. His team has to suit up and save lives as quickly as possible, and today he was the one keeping them in check.

"I gave a few orders out. It felt good," Winston says.

However, Winston doesn't expect to be the man in charge if Jonesboro is actually under attack. He admits a city like this one is not the usual terrorist target.

"A terrorist is not going to waste his time on hitting a small area where there will be a small number of casualties. They want to hit a big area for the most dramatic effect," Winston says.

But if terrorist do strike, this team is ready. They say it's always good to be prepared.

"Honestly, this is a fairly unrealistic scenario, but they like to practice on stuff. The hospital likes to practice on stuff. It could happen," Winston says.

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