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UMFK, NMMC, LOCAL RESPONDERS TO HOLD MOCK DISASTER DRILL NEXT WEEK

September 28, 2009

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent, Northern Maine Medical Center, and local emergency responders will hold a mock disaster drill on Tuesday, October 6 at 6 p.m. in the Fox Auditorium on the UMFK campus.  

The mock disaster will present a scenario in which a rehearsal is taking place on the stage within Fox Auditorium for an upcoming event.An explosion occurs in the boiler room next to the stage.  Glycol (anti-freeze) is released from the boiler in the explosion, and comes into contact with several people on the stage.   

There are a total of 10 people involved in the scenario, which results in contamination, injuries, and fatalities. 

In addition to personnel from UMFK and NMMC, participants will include personnel from the Fort Kent Police Department; the Fort Kent Fire Department; and Fort Kent Emergency Medical Services. 

A gross decontamination staging area will be set up outside of the affected area, attended by fire department responders.  A second decontamination staging area will be located outside of Northern Maine Medical Center, prior to victims being admitted to the emergency room.  

Personnel from the Aroostook County Emergency Management Agency will be in attendance to observe and critique the mock disaster drill.  ###