TWIN FALLS, Idaho (News Release) – Multiple Twin Falls County agencies will be participating in two training exercises this week, all part of a four-part series. The exercises are in an effort to review and test multi-agency emergency responses to large scale, multi-casualty incidents.

The first of this week's event happened today when the 101st Civil Support Team trained first responders at the Twin Falls Fire Department on response to chemical and radiological incidents.

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On Wednesday, March 9, a drill will take place at the Filer Fairgrounds from 6:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The scenario will include some type of chemical exposure, and will build on information gained at the previous table top exercise held in February. The 101st Civil Support Team will play a large role in this exercise, as they test their capabilities as well.

The final event of the four-part training series will take place Wednesday, May 18.  In this full-scale exercise, participants will utilize the skills and knowledge gained from the series as they respond to a multi-casualty incident with chemical exposure.

This training series is part of the Exercise/Training Program under the Twin Falls County Department of Emergency Services, and is part of the compliancy measures when utilizing 2015 SHSP grant funds from FEMA.

Members from local law enforcement, dispatch, fire, hospital, paramedics, behavioral health, public health, the private sector and city and county officials will be participating in part or all of this series.