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Weapons of Mass Destructruction Training Class Taking Place this Weekend. More than 20 police, fire and EMS providers registered for A Hands On Approach

(Woodbury) _ Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney and Freeholder Helene M. Reed, Liaison to Emergency Response, announced today that The Gloucester County Emergency Response Center in collaboration with the Underwood Memorial Hospital EMS Academy are sponsoring a weapons of mass destruction (WMD) training class on March 11th, 12th, and 13th . The class, "A Hands on Approach", will be held at the Gloucester County College. More than 20 police, fire and EMS providers are registered.

"The students will receive valuable training that will teach them how to handle emergency WMD situations efficiently and accurately," said Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney. "The students will participate in several exercises that will provide them with first hand experience," said Sweeney.

Freeholder Helene M. Reed, Liaison to Emergency Response said, "It is vital to have an emergency team of educated people prepared to respond to a disaster involving WMD." Reed added, "We hope that we never encounter an emergency situation of this caliber, but if we do we need to be ready to act."

The class, instructed by members of the CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives) Team, will provide presentations on bioterrorism, chemistry/radiological, ordinances and terrorism threat updates. Break outs will include, level A break out, level B/C break out, patient decontamination, cut-outs procedures, metering and monitor equipment and intensive scenarios.

The CBRNE trailer will be on-site and used as part of the training. The CBRNE trailer is stocked with protection, safety and communication and detection equipment.

The CBRNE team is dedicated to responding to accidental or malicious disasters that are chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or explosive. There are 25 members from various police, fire, emergency medical and private sector agencies in the County. Over 85% of the members are trained to the technician level and many have received advanced training.

For more information contact the MICU Office at (856) 384-1000 or The Emergency Response Center at 307-7100, Tom Butts or Dennis Kappler.