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Sirens will sound in Richmond for Depot emergency response exercise on Wednesday


The annual chemical stockpile emergency response exercise will take place Wednesday. Each year a scenario is developed for a release of chemical agent at the Bluegrass Army Depot. Dustin Heiser is the director of the Madison County Emergency Management Agency.

“Run through a situation as real as we can make it and know how our plans are working if things need to be tweaked. To be sure that our equipment is proper, that we have the proper equipment, and our procedures are right,” said Heiser.

Heiser said there will be a debriefing immediately following the exercise and a larger discussion next week.

Several agencies are involved in the yearly exercise. In addition to the Depot’s chemical weapon disposal plant, first responders from many of the central Kentucky counties take part in the mock event.

The destruction of nerve munitions is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2023. Mustard gas disposal has been completed.

Stu has been reporting for WEKU for more than 30 years.
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