Chemical weapons attack simulated at MLB park

A large scale emergency disaster drill involving the simulation of a chemical weapons attack was held on Wednesday at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
The mock terrorist attack simulated the conditions that first responders would have to face if trying to rescue victims during a chemical attack. The simulation also gave insight as to how emergency medical care would be provided during a high-yield explosive or nuclear incident, NBC Washington reports.
The U.S. Marines Corps' Chemical Biological Incident Response Force and the District of Columbia Fire Department participated in the four hour drill, which lasted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and was not open to the public. Both of the groups are specially trained to deal with such large-scale incidents and are able to deploy at any time in the Washington metro area.
Approximately 150 Marines and sailors from the Marine unit trained during the incident, the Washington Examiner reports.
In September, the city simulated an emergency event using a mock Category 2 hurricane scenario that would have left almost 90,000 homes without power and low-lying areas flooded. In that event, hundreds of city employees and volunteers simulated the use of RFK Stadium as a mega-shelter. The volunteers were assigned to play different characters entering the shelter, which could house up to 2,000 people in the event of an emergency, DCist reports.