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Updated: 06/20/2014 12:58:31PM

Hazmat drill here reveals strengths; areas for improvement

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JOURNAL PHOTO BY KIM LEATHERMAN


An unidentified post office employee went into a special tent to be hosed off, emerging in what appeared to be a green trash bag. The scenerio was part of a drill.

JOURNAL PHOTO BY KIM LEATHERMAN


Post office employees gathered under the shade of a tree after a "suspicious package" triggered a drill of hazardous waste protocol. First responders were on scene within three minutes of dispatch.

JOURNAL PHOTO BY KIM LEATHERMAN


A member of the Highlands County HazMat team gently examines a suspicious package addressed to Lake Placid mayor John Holbrook.

JOURNAL PHOTO BY KIM LEATHERMAN


A mobile hazardous waste disposal unit was photographed through the chain link fence surrounding the Lake Placid post office.

By KIM LEATHERMAN

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A drill and evacuation to simulate a hazardous waste incident took place Thursday morning at the Lake Placid post office on Hillcrest Avenue. The drill was used as a training exercise for the post office staff, law enforcement, fire and rescue departments and Highlands County’s Hazardous Material response team.

Police, ambulances, fire and hazmat trucks surrounded the post office within three minutes of dispatch. The emergency call went out at 9:20 a.m., was relayed by dispatch at 9:22 and emergency agencies were on the scene at 9:25 a.m.

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