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  Original Published: 6/26/2013Richland County's Emergency Management Agency staged a full-scale disaster exercise Wednesday afternoon at the 179th Airlift Wing at Mansfield Lahm Airport. The dropping of a flash-bang grenade, imitating the sound of two trucks colliding, signaled the start of the drill. And, this is a very serious and life-threatening situation with two injured drivers needing to be rescued from within toxic and even radioactive fumes. Richland County Emergency Management Director Keith Markley and other officials coordinated the exercise from the Emergency Operations Center. Every county in Ohio must do three emergency exercises in four years, culminating with a real-life type of drill like this one. The response is evaulated by veteran emergency responders, and the Ohio E-M-A must approve whether the situation was handled properly.
   
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