A group of emergency responders in Brunswick County are getting hands on training to deal with any potential real life problems at the Brunswick Nuclear Plant in Southport.
On Tuesday Brunswick County Emergency Services, along with the Leland Fire Department and the Cape Fear Chapter of the American Red Cross, conducted a preparedness exercise at North Brunswick High School in Leland. Tuesday's exercise was focused on an array of different skills and task management procedures according to Brunswick Emergency Services Deputy Director, Scott Garner.
Training stations included demonstrating how to monitor vehicles arriving at a shelter for contamination, checking evacuees for contamination, and demonstrating that their needs could be addressed at the shelter.
"I think communication is a big part of this," Garner said. "Not only do we want to make sure that all of our equipment and trucks are working properly, but it's very important for all these people, all these crews to understand where to be and what to do and to communicate that effectively."
Every two years emergency services is required to participate in a full-scale exercise to demonstrate to FEMA and the NRC that they can successfully support the Brunswick Nuclear Plant if they encountered an emergency situation.
Brunswick County Emergency Services will continue this training with a larger session on July 22.
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