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Heads up: Full-scale hazmat disaster training set for Thursday in front of Kishwaukee Hospital

DeKALB – People near Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital on Thursday afternoon may witness what looks like a disaster scene, but don’t be alarmed: it’s just a drill.

A full-scale hazardous materials exercise will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday to give first responders a chance to practice working together in the event of an actual emergency event involving hazardous substances, said Kim Waterman, media relations manager for Northwestern Medicine.

“The scenario will simulate a hazardous material exposure to community members at a local event,” Waterman said. “We will simulate triage, decontamination of exposed victims, and treatment of chemical burns.”

The training will include volunteers who will act out scenarios to make it a more realistic experience, Waterman said.

Emergency responders will involve members of the Northwestern Medicine Emergency Medical Services, DeKalb County Hazmat Team, the DeKalb Fire Department, Ridge Ambulance and ATec Ambulance, who will work through scenarios designed to improve coordination, response times and training plans.

Waterman said the hospital’s emergency staff has been training for four months to ensure they are adequately prepared to respond in the event of a real emergency.

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