EMTs train for bioattack on Republican National Convention

Tampa, Fla.-based EMTs have begun training for potential terrorist situations that could take place during the Republican National Convention the week of August 27, 2012.
The first responders are preparing for the event with the help of a $100,000 mannequin training tool that breathes, bleeds and has a pulse, ABC Action News reports. This tool, along with additional training, will prepare the EMTs for many different situations, including anthrax poisoning, chemical hazards and other types of exposure.
"(The mannequin) is so life like, it breathes, talks, has pulses, lung sounds," Eric Dotten of the Emergency Medicine Learning and Resource Center said, according to ABC Action News.
Dotten teaches Florida first responders through a grant from Homeland Security.
"We trained on stuff like anthrax poisoning, ricin poisoning," Mike Morris, an EMT said, ABC Action News reports. "What do you do in a situation like that? Biohazards, chemical hazards, any kind of exposure," Morris said, according to ABC Action News.
Dotten said that more training is required in case real-life scenarios become real-life.
"I would say Tampa is probably about 25 percent ready for a terrorist event," Dotten said, according to ABC Action News. "That's based on the training I've done throughout the state of Florida for the last five years. I think that there needs to be more funding and more education."