Volunteers needed for emergency service exercise

Published: Jun. 21, 2012 at 6:32 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 21, 2012 at 11:52 PM EDT
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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) Volunteers are needed for the 2012 South Carolina Weapons of Mass Destruction Specialized Response Team exercise being conducted from July 9 through July 13.

Multiple public safety agencies from around South Carolina will be coming together in Horry County to test the interoperability of specialized response teams in the event of an actual terrorist event in our state.

Each day agency teams like SWAT and Hazmat will respond to emergency type scenarios like a an earthquake, a school shooting, and a chemical nuclear attack.

Volunteers are needed to play the role of unarmed victims and students in various scenarios.  Church groups, civic groups and individuals are all encouraged to participate.

Chief of medical training, Matthew D. Smith, says most scenarios will run from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Smith says it should be a unique experience for volunteers.

"If you've ever wondered what would happen in a terrorist attack where chemical and nuclear devices are used and you want to know what the victims of that would have to go through, being a volunteer in that scenario will show you exactly what those people would have to go through," Smith said.

For more information on this event, contact Chief Smith at 843-915-5190. To become a volunteer, you can sign up by visiting www.horrycountyfirerescue.com and clicking the link at the top right of the home page.

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