Drill Helps Prepare Emergency Responders

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Ten students were on a field trip to Climax Manufacturing in Lowville when one of those students set off a bomb.

All of the kids were exposed to sulfuric acid. 

"They're being exposed to items that we don't see everyday. The acid spills, the chemical spills, that we have to deal with throughout the community," said Dale Barker of Lewis County General Hospital.

The good new is - it wasn't real.

It was a drill to see how quickly first responders and Lewis County General Hospital can react to a dangerous situation.

"There would be things that would be at a more faster pace and a lot more agencies involved, which could turn this situation into a very chaotic time," said Joe Tolley of Climax Manufacturing.

The students involved in the emergency drill said the exercise helps them to know how to react in a real-life situation.

"We're going to see how we would be treated and that will help us in the long run, and for me it will help me know how to treat my patients," said Ashley Szewil, a student who wants to health care field.

The drill will be evaluated and lessons learned will be used to make sure fiction doesn't become a reality.

Thursday, December 18, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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