LAWTON, OK (TNN) - You may recall the Oklahoma National Guard getting called for a recent investigation into hazardous materials found at a Lawton Apartment complex. Guardsmen returned Tuesday for their annual training on working with hazardous materials. The exercise was held at the Great Plains Technology Center.
Tuesday’s simulation was to help assist the Lawton Fire Department in dealing with an unknown hazard. The 22 person team made up of soldiers and airmen practiced the protocol they would carry out in case of an emergency.
During the simulation, they gathered samples of the “hazardous material” to be brought back to the lab for testing. A safety officer says it’s important to conduct these drills to keep relationships strong between their team and the Lawton Fire Department.
“What this team deals with is any unknowns, hazards, CBRN events, USAR events, natural disasters, this team gets called out. So, a lot of times we’ll respond on exercises with our local first responders to keep that continuity," said Safety Officer for the 63rd Civil Support Team, First Sgt. Jared Hallmark.
This scenario-based exercise is something the Oklahoma National Guard does annually with Lawton and other fire departments.