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Radiation drill sharpens emergency responders' skills

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Centennial Hills Hospital was used as a training ground for local emergency responders on Wednesday.

"This is an exercise to test our readiness for potential incidents in the community," said Matt Wheelus, associate administrator at Centennial Hills Hospital.

As part of the drill, local paramedics responded to a woman who was exposed to radiation.

"It's a radiological incident, and although it's low probability, its important for us to be prepared for incidents like that," added Wheelus.

The Las Vegas Fire Department and the Nevada National Security Site were some of the agencies on site that worked together to polish their professional skills.

"You want to get the people that are involved contained and get the contamination centralized to one area. They bring them through a tent, they isolate them in the tent, they take their clothing off. They assess the level of contamination they have," said Jeff Donaldson with the Nevada National Security Site.

Although Centennial Hills Hospital has never had a major disaster, officials say it never hurts to be prepared.

"This way we know who can do certain capabilities instead of waiting for the event to happen," said Nancy Newell, emergency prepares coordinator at Centennial Hills Hospital.

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