Butler Co. emergency responders participate in Hazmat drill

HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - Wednesday, more than a dozen Butler County emergency response units participated in a hazardous materials exercise.  The drill comes just 24-hours after a hazmat event at Edgewood Middle School.

"We use real time weather, real time people, real time dispatchers, everything today was real time which would be like a real event," said Jeff Galloway, Butler County emergency management director. "Nothing was staged today."

The drill's scenario was a school bus carrying 22 people crashed into a tanker truck carrying a dangerous chemical called sulfur trioxide.

"The chemical we were simulating goes through the county everyday," said Galloway.

Wednesday's training exercise comes the day after hazmat teams had to respond to Edgewood Schools in Trenton, after a fertilizing chemical made dozens of students sick.

"I think from today's event and the event yesterday at the school in Trenton, it shows the more training we do, how this comes together for an event," said Galloway.

More than 100 emergency responders participated in the very methodical exercise that took more than three hours.

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