MANDEVILLE, La. - Worst case scenarios were put into action Thursday for a number of emergency responders on the Northshore.
The HazMat training started early in the morning at the St. Tammany Parish Government Complex in Mandeville. Several agencies took part in the practice from local fire departments and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office to the Louisiana National Guard and the FBI. The goal is to make sure everyone is on the same page if and when these scenarios really happen.
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Capt. George Bonnett said, "Not only in terms of local, state and federal authorities to practice working together on a scenario like this, it makes sure that our inner operability, communications and our plan works well."
Some of the specific drills tested during the exercise included identifying and securing hazardous materials and devices, as well as how to decontaminate people after being exposed to those things. And mistakes happened.
Louisiana National Guard Commander of the 62nd Civil Support Team, Maj. Lance Magee, said, "Every exercise you're going to have a few hiccups and this is no exception. There's nothing to be ashamed of, we want to experience the trouble now, so that when it's real world, we don't have that problem."
So their safety, and the safety of others, stays priority.
The parish and Governor’s Offices of Homeland Security were also involved in the training, which ran from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.