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Radioactive isotopes drill

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PASCO, Wash.- Pasco Fire and Lourde's Medical Center responded to an accident involving dangerous radioactive isotopes.

It was only a drill but the Federal Government was watching. 

Every six years FEMA watches respondents train for risky situations like this one.  An accident involving chemicals is staged.  They go through the process of arriving at the scene, taking the patient to the hospital and then decontaminating.  It sounds simple enough, but with the added pressure of contamination spreading, it can get complicated.

Accidents involving radioactive isotopes happen rarely in Tri Cities.  One trainee says he has only responded to four in his 10 years.

But respondents need to be ready.  And after passing their test, they are.

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