Westchester responders prepare for the worst

A simulated chemical attack scenario took place in Sunday in Chappaqua. For HAZMAT and other first responders, it is the type of training that can mean the difference between life and death.

The drill took place in and around the Robert E. Bell School off South Greeley Avenue in Chappaqua.

First responders were not told the simulated chemical was tear gas. They had to react as if the chemical was unknown, which meant setting up frozen zones and keeping potential victims confined.

Independent experts who critique the various departments and agencies involved in the drill review these kinds of simulations. Initial feedback is that Westchester's drill went well overall.

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