UTHCT emergency response team will conduct decontamination exercise with Whitehouse Boy Scout troop on Sept. 19

Friday, September 15, 2006

Members of the emergency response team at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler will conduct a decontamination exercise with Boy Scout Troop 359 in Whitehouse at 6:20 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, at the Whitehouse Fire Department on FM 346.

“The troop is competing for the BSA National Emergency Preparedness Award, which requires the troop to work with community leaders in emergency preparedness. The troop is also working to complete the BSA Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge,” said Tony Hill, one of the troop’s assistant Scoutmasters and director of Environmental Health and Safety at UTHSCT. The Whitehouse United Methodist Church sponsors Troop 359, which is part of the East Texas Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

“Troop members will work with the UTHSCT emergency response team to deploy the equipment, including a decontamination tent. They also will stage a mass contamination scenario. This exercise will introduce the Boy Scouts to the training and skills necessary to respond to an event where victims have been contaminated with an unknown chemical,” Hill said.

Members of UTHSCT’s emergency response team participating in the exercise will be Dr. David Lakey, medical director for UTHSCT’s Center for Pulmonary and Infectious Disease Control and Smith County health authority; UTHSCT Police Chief Robert Cromley; Art Fokakis, of UTHSCT’s Environmental Health and Safety Department; and Hill.

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