HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Several dozen people gathered at Forrest General Hospital Friday morning for a special training exercise designed to save lives during a chemical emergency. Members of the hospital's decontamination team were called out to take part in a drill which involved treating victims who suffered exposure to toxic chemicals after an explosion at a chemical plant.
As part of the exercise, team members decontaminated more than one dozen volunteer victims. Those volunteers were nursing students from Southern Miss.
"We look for opportunities when we do this for improvement and we have some opportunities for improvement, but overall, I think they're doing an excellent job," said Wayne Landers, director of public safety at Forrest General Hospital.
"First timers would not know what to think or what it would look like and I've been through it and I actually got to be de-contaminated and that was definitely a good experience," said Kathryn Markey, a senior nursing major at Southern Miss who was one of the the volunteers for the exercise.
Landers said drills like this are held about twice each year.