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Military Engage In Emergency Training At Muscatatuck Center

Military personnel from across the nation come to Muscatatuck Training Center to prepare with local first responders for emergency situations.

Muscatatuck helicopter

Photo: Casey Kuhn

A helicopter with a water bucket flies over a fire and field.

Military personnel from all over the nation and local first responders are participating in emergency response training  this week at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in southern Indiana.

The three weeks of field training focus on how to respond to terrorist attacks,  and other emergency situations such as a nuclear blast.

The   training grounds are designed to be realistic, with fields of debris and civilians acting as victims.  Choppers fly overhead smoking buildings while soldiers simulate radiation decontamination.

Indianapolis Fire department captain Warren Todd says getting the chance to work with military personnel is priceless.

“A lot of times we exercise search and rescue with ourselves, our other counterparts, or other search and rescue teams fire departments,” Todd says. “We get very few opportunities to interact with our counterparts from the military.”

In addition to the training at Muscatatuck, emergency personnel are participating in training drills at Camp Atterbury and Indianapolis.

Casey Kuhn

Casey Kuhn is a reporter working for WFIU/WTIU news. Originally from Cincinnati, she recently graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in journalism. Her main interests are dogs, baseball, and food. Follow her online at @CaseyAtTheDesk.

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