December 17, 2005 -- Posted at 6:34 p.m. CST
JONESBORO, AR -- A radiation drill held Saturday in
“This is probably one of the choke points in the nation as far as hazardous material coming through or radiation… no drill has ever been done like this in the area,” said Crittenden County Coordinator for Emergency Management Ronny Rogers.
The stage was set with a four vehicle accident with eleven students from
“(The) Federal Government gives us Homeland Security funds for types of incidents that we have like this, plus we get to use other contractors in other states to help train us,” said Assistant Fire Chief Eddie Spears.
Saturday’s training drill will cost about 30,000 dollars, but
“We just try to prepare ourselves if we have something of this magnitude so we both can utilize one another,” said Spears.
You never know when a radiation spill or terrorist attack will happen, but being ready for it is key. “When you have an incident this big or like you had in
And those agencies all need to be trained in the same way.
“This is something new that we're trying and trying to train so that if something like this does happen we'll be trained to take care of it,” said