Tulsa 'first responders' conduct terrorist drill

Wednesday, June 25th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

It's not easy to get inside the mind of a terrorist, but Wednesday Tulsa first responders had a glimpse of a twisted plot during a drill in east Tulsa.

News on 6 anchor Tami Marler says Tulsa firefighters, police and EMSA respond to a crowded building, where they believe a natural gas line exploded. When the heavy rescue team goes to search for survivors, the scenario continues with a mock car bomb, which traps emergency workers inside.

Throw in the possibility of a chemical or biological release and you have a probable terrorist attack. Tulsa Fire Captain R B Ellis, “And that's when the Hazmat teams and the Weapons of Mass Destruction teams are coming in." Lt

Col Kevin Staring, 63rd WMD CSU, "We can gather information about the population affected here through research, to find the information."

The 63rd Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Unit came from Oklahoma City to help with Wednesday’s exercise. They set up a chemical analysis lab and satellite communications system within three hours of the first explosion.

The Tulsa Fire Heavy Rescue team will study Wednesday's exercise and determine how they can improve.