09/14/10 171 W, 1 I - + 5 - 6 Big Haz-Mat Drill This Week

As this city press release notes, the Raleigh Fire Department, Garner Fire Department, Fayetteville Fire Department (their regional response team), Wake County EMS, Wake County Emergency Management, and Raleigh Police Department are participating in a three-day haz-mat exercise beginning September 15.

Sponsored by the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management, the full-scale drill will be held behind the former Wal-Mart at the intersection of Garner Station Boulevard and Highway 401. The exercise is designed to test first responder readiness for handling a mass casualty and hazardous material event.

The drill will involve a mock traffic accident involving a Capital Area Transit bus, a fuel tanker, and a construction vehicle. It begins at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m. each day.

Here's more information on the state regional response teams, not included in the press release. Raleigh (RRT4) and Fayetteville (RRT3) operate two of the seven teams. For extra credit, identify the date and place of the stock photo shown below.

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