Hazmat training exercise held for Mahoning County first responders

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BERLIN CENTER, Ohio (WKBN) – US-224 at Western Reserve High School was closed for hours Saturday morning while the Mahoning County Emergency Management Agency performed a Hazmat training exercise.

Every year, the county is required to perform a simulated Hazmat-based incident. This year, they simulated an auto accident involving anhydros ammonia. 

Mahoning County EMA Director Dennis O’Hara said the scenario was a farmer going to spray his fields when he was involved in a car accident near the high school.

O’Hara said it puts them in a position to practice for real-life incidents and be prepared. 

“The whole point of these exercises is so that we can test our response, plans and procedures and we can review our plans so in a real-life situation, we are able to test our response capabilities,” O’Hara said. 

He said they move the exercises around various places in the county. 

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