Hazmat drill on campus

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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS (WCIA) — Several departments are teaming up with the School of Engineering Sciences and the Division of Research Safety to recreate a HAZMAT exposure.

Actors in a laboratory put on a scenario as if they were exposed to a chemical acid.

Firefighters worked to identify the cause, mitigate the damage, and decontaminate the victims.

They say it’s important to do this training, especially in a place where there’s a lot of research involving chemicals.

“This is more of a medium-scale drill, with a little bit more moving parts to it. So it’s a better chance for our staff to practice what they’re supposed to do,” said Jeremy Leevey, the campus fire prevention officer.

Leevey said there are, naturally, a few cases involving chemical spills on campus every year, but most of the time, they’re not nearly as serious as the case outlined in the training.

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