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State-Wide Emergency Drill At Modern Woodmen

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DAVENPORT, IA – Emergency responders were filing in and out of Modern Woodmen Park today for about five hours. There were firefighters, medics, police officers, HAZMAT, Weapons of Mass Destruction teams and many more.

They were all there to train for the scenario of a terrorist attack. About 20 agencies from as far away as Sioux City, came for a state-wide training.

Sergeant Kevin Stallo, Iowa State Patrol, says, “It’s something we always want to prepare for. Unfortunately with the society and events that happen in the world, we have to prepare for the worst case scenarios.”

With acts of terrorism like 9-11 and the Boston Marathon bombing, teams want to be ready for unexpected attacks.

Firefighter Ben Kurka, Cedar Rapids Fire Department, says they learn a lot from this hands-on practice. “You always come away with things like this. You learn a lot. Whether it’s getting stuff set up, getting equipment out that you only play with a couple of times. You learn some of your strengths and weaknesses pretty early on.”

Today’s scenario was an incident at the ballpark, where an armed terrorist set up a toxic liquid spray that injured multiple civilians.

Captain Ron Burchette, Davenport Fire Department, says, “Our job is to go in there and get that person out, make sure we get out the injured people, and go in and try to mitigate and take care of the situation.”

From the first call, emergency responders filed into the ballpark, rescuing civilians, arresting the character attacker, and even sampled the toxic chemicals.

Sergeant Stallo says, “Everything we do is a building block and we’ll take our lessons learned from here. Some of the things we did good, some of the things we can improve on. We’ll set those up for training's in the future.”

Some officials were even taking pictures of mistakes that were made so they can fix it for next time. They say this today’s training is a large on, but they do other courses that help them train for real-life situations as well.

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