NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - In an age when first responders need to be prepared for anything, members of the New Rochelle Fire Department completed a containment drill for a mock hazardous waste spill.
Firefighters took a trip to United Hebrew of New Rochelle for a full-scale “Code Orange” emergency preparedness drill that was staged in the lower level of the nursing facility.
During the drill, a partial evacuation of staff took place, with two staff members posing as severely ill from the spill, while others who were “unconscious” were treated and the chemical “spill” was ultimately contained.
According to officials, the drill was to test both staff members at United Hebrew and to train the first responders.
“Our staff responded swiftly, and our local emergency responders worked steadily at our side to quickly contain the fake chemical spill,” United Hebrew CEO Rita Mabli said. “We’re all pleased by the results of the drill, which ensures we are well prepared to reinforce the safety of the residents in our care.”
“This drill worked because it not only helped one of our partners in the community, it benefits our department as well,” New Rochelle Fire Commissioner Louis DeMeglio added. “It’s a great training exercise for us to do together and better prepares us for the future.”
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