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Disaster drill goes smoothly

Thursday, September 21, 2006

DISASTER DRILL: Local firefighters from Guion and Zion work together in a mock disaster drill Sept. 16. Photo/Ninemire
Dennis Williams, director of the Office of Emergency Management for Izard County, organized a mock disaster drill in Guion Sept. 16.

Williams, with the help of Guion Fire Chief Lynn Pittman, orchestrates a mock drill every year for ADEM and to give training to the local firefighters. Saturdays's drill presented a scenario in which local firefighters were threatened with a sodium hydroxide spill on the railroad tracks.

Both Williams and Pittman said the community is prepared for such an emergency and they thought the drill was an overall success.

Williams said, "Chemicals are transported across these tracks every day. We hope it doesn't ever happen but it could."

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