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Butler Co. first responders train for tornado disaster

HAMILTON (Larry Davis) -- Snow remains on the ground around most of the Tri-State. Officials in Butler County are already preparing for a possible tornado.

First responders are training today to sharpen their skills in the event of a disaster. Police and Sheriff's deputies, fire departments, emergency management, public works, Ohio EPA and EMA and the Red Cross all took part.

They mock disaster drill took place at the Emergency management Agency command center in Hamilton Thursday. Since we're fast approaching spring, the drill focused on a tornado.

In the scenario the twister damaged homes, knocked out bridges and started a chemical fire. As part of the drill, three people were killed and several were injured. Hospitals were put on standby.

Jeff Galloway of the Butler County EMA says for the first responders, this was a real event and they participated as if it was.

The agencies' public information officers were even quizzed by the media, as part of the drill.

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