Missouri National Guard and first responders conduct joint hazmat drill in Springfield

Members of the Missouri National Guard and local first responders recently conducted a nearly nine-hour hazardous materials exercise in Springfield, Missouri.

The Jefferson City-based guard unit worked with the Springfield and Taney County hazardous materials teams and local medics in a scenario involving a terrorist attack inside a building. The goal of the drill was to increase the response time of area hazmat teams when responding to a potential chemical, biological or nuclear threat, according to OzarksFirst.com.

"Once a true incident happens, then the faces are very familiar and we know their standard operating procedures," Sgt. First Class Juan Gallego of the 7th Civilian Support Team Guard Unit said, OzarksFirst.com reports. "Then they know how we work and what we can bring to the fight for them."

The 7th Civilian Support Team Guard Unit trains for a chemical, biological or nuclear incident at least once a month.

"I can't say enough about everyone in the Missouri National Guard," Maj. Gen. Stephen Danner, the MNG's adjutant general, said, SedalianNewsJournal.com reports. "And how proud I am to be a member of this organization and having served with most of them over three decades having seen them grow with the Guard. This has been an experience I wouldn't want to have missed."