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Intense hazmat training will save lives

About two dozen first responders from across the Coast have been in intensive training for the past two days. (Photo source: WLOX) About two dozen first responders from across the Coast have been in intensive training for the past two days. (Photo source: WLOX)
They are learning how to handle decontamination catastrophes when they come up. (Photo source: WLOX) They are learning how to handle decontamination catastrophes when they come up. (Photo source: WLOX)
The company that is doing the training at Biloxi Fire Department is called DeCon. (Photo source: WLOX) The company that is doing the training at Biloxi Fire Department is called DeCon. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

"Go" was a word you heard a lot Wednesday. In a decontamination environment, every second counts. From suiting up to performing triage on patients, everyone has a role to play. The reason why: There is danger everywhere.

“Our world is not getting to be a safer place. I am personally concerned with ISIS and computers they are finding with plans for chemical, biological to be used against America,” lead trainer Tom Bocek explained.

You have to be prepared from head to toe. Capt. William Wiley, with the Biloxi Fire Department, was impressed.

“It's very realistic because of the fact that you have all of the equipment there. The only thing you don't have is the actual incident itself. But in case the incident does happen, you can fall back on the training that we're receiving today,” Wiley said.

This is training you won't find in a book. Just ask Ashley Corcoran, from Keesler Air Force Base.

“I'm looking to really get more knowledge of what we're going to be doing here in the future. For the future. For the DeCon team. I'm a new member on the team at Keesler,” Corcoran said.

These first responders hope they never have to use this training. They hope it never comes down to that. But, they all know something else. It's really not a matter of if, but when. That’s according to Kerry Borden, with Merit Health.

“After spending years at the fire department and the hospital, anything is possible on any given day. 9/11 proved it. We have to be ready for whatever rolls in. That's the basis of emergency medicine anyway,” Borden said.

Handling those emergencies and saving lives when expertise is needed most, not to mention celebrating a job well done.

The training was provided by a company called Decon. Officials travel the world, training forces at U.S. military bases. This is the third year they have conducted the class in Biloxi, and it's done free of charge.

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