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Waynesville, St. Robert agencies train with National Guard on mock attack
Waynesville, St. Robert agencies train with National Guard on mock attack

Waynesville police and Pulaski County Emergency Response Team members prepare to set up a perimeter around a simulated chemical incident in a training exercise with the Missouri National Guard.
WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (March 3, 2010) — Wednesday afternoon’s scanner traffic in Waynesville went from routine stops of motorists to a report of shots fired with victims down, seven firefighters and several police officers incapacitated by an unknown liquid near Waynesville Technical Academy, and an unknown man fleeing from police who may be connected with the incident.

Those are just some of the challenges being faced by Waynesville and St. Robert police and firefighters, as well as Pulaski County Ambulance District personnel and others working with the Missouri National Guard in a two-day joint training exercise that began at 4 p.m. today.

Emergency personnel emphasize that the staging area being set up near Westside Baptist Church and the Waynesville High School football field is only a training exercise and there’s actually no emergency and no threat to the public or anyone else.

Local civilian agencies are working with the 7th Civil Response Team, a full-time Missouri National Guard unit based at Fort Leonard Wood, to train on how they’d respond to a terrorist or other attack in the area. As of 5:30 p.m., the county coroner and deputy coroner had been called to respond, helicopters had been placed on standby, and readings were being taken of wind speed and humidity to determine how any airborne threat would spread through the residential area one block away from Historic Route 66.

The exercise will continue until 10 p.m. tonight and then resume Thursday.

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