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Hospital Workers Come to HAMMER

RICHLAND, Wash.- Hospital workers from around the state are gathering at the HAMMER training facility this week for a new round of emergency training.

Hospital administrators want workers to know how to respond in case of a nuclear or chemical attack.

When terrorists attacked Japanese subways with sarin gas, thousands of people were forced into hospitals that didn't know how to respond.

So hospitals here in Washington are training teams to handle chemical or radiological attacks.

One of the big problems they say is hospitals become overloaded and workers also get contaminated when they treat victims.

"Scrubbed and processed through a series of, of rinse, wash, rinse twice. Come out the other side and they'll be squeaky clean," said Chris Orkiolla, an instructor for the class. 

Hospitals can also become targets in these attacks so the students also encountered a case today where a person they were treating was wearing a bomb vest they didn't know about.

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