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Thursday, April 25, 2013
New River Valley residents can expect lots of sirens and rushing emergency vehicles — and probably some alarming radio scanner chatter — Saturday as the Radford Army Ammunition Plant holds a weapons of mass destruction exercise.
Charles Saks, a public affairs officer at the plant, said such exercises are a regular part of training for arsenal staff and the local emergency responders . The ammunition plant has hardly any of its own emergency equipment and depends on local fire departments and lifesaving crews, Saks said.
Scheduled to start about 8 a.m., this will be the first large exercise since BAE Systems began operating the arsenal last summer. Saks said the exercise will revolve around a mock catastrophe scenario, and the small U.S. Army staff at the federally owned base will watch how the contractor reacts.
“We are basically grading them, auditing them,” Saks said.
— Mike Gangloff
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