Local firefighters part of hazardous materials drill

Wearing suits designed to protect them hazardous materials, Capt. Richard Duncan and Cliff Affeldt are ready to receive a "patient" from Capt. Andre Yoakum and Beau Maples of Edmonds Fire Station 16.

Edmonds firefighters participated in a hazardous material drill conducted last week at the Snohomish Fire District 1 Training Center.

Over the course of several days, all Fire District 1 crews took turns participating in the drill, which simulated a hazardous materials incident at a senior care facility with 32 patients. Firefighters practiced setting up tents and equipment to decontaminate patients who could walk as well as those unable to walk.

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