The Rhode Island Army National Guard concluded a four-day emergency exercise in Quonset this week to practice responding to a hazardous material disaster.
Lt. Col. Peter Parente said the scenario was a commuter train derailment that also damaged a nearby car that contained chlorine gas. Parente said the exercise brought together local, state, and federal first responders.
“And these folks have done this in the past, but we also change out folks regularly, not only in our towns and our communities, but within the Guard itself,” said Parente. “So you have to continuously practice this. And they do. They do it on an annual basis.”
Parente said the practice run helps ensure agencies are communicating well and following emergency procedures during disasters.
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