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' 8 Thursday,'N0vemfer f3,'1997 Pblnmhp Valley Gazette by Geoff Kreis PVG Staff Students at the Rosemary Clark Middle School experienced first hand what Emergency Medical Service crews have been training for as a chemical spill prompted the evacuation of the school on Wednesday, November 5. The chemical spill involved what was known to be a 3M brand bathroom cleaning sup- ply that had somehow leaked onto the floor. The incident occurred around l:00 p.m. when a school janitor, whose name has not been released, was allegedly experimenting with the substance. According to Assistant Fire Chief Steve Duga, the female janitor felt numb on one side of her body and passed out during the spill. She was taken to the Pahrump Medical Center for treatment. The Pahrump Fire Depart- ment evacuated everybody out of the school and blocked off four intersections to prevent arty additional gers that have n associated with .... IN TRAINING-- EMS workers Chris Racine (left) and Shawn Driggers (right) attend to Greg Blatmen (middle), acting as the victim in this recreation of a chemical spill. ACTING QUICKLY- EMS workers Gary Thurman(iefl) and Nico Simponis (right) remove articles of possibly con- taminated clothing from Biatmen's body. the spill. "We wanted to pull everybody out of the school just to be safe," said Duga. "Everything will most likely be alright and be back to normal for the next school day." Southern Nye County EMS crews recently finished training for situations such as the one that happened at CHECKED OUT-- Blatmen, playing the victim is tended to in the detoxification area after being moved from the endangered area. UNDER PRESSURE-. Chris Racine takes time out from the training to get his blood pressure checked by Leslie Maison. the school. Their week long hazardous materials (HAZMAT) training course ran from November 3- 7, and was underway when the spill at Rosemary Clark occurred. Twelve volunteers took part in the 40 hour haz- ardous training class and all passed at 100 percent. The students that volun- teered for the training in- cluded representatives from the ambulance service, fire department, Bureau of Land Management, and Nye County Search and Rescue. "We need a team that can control hazardous prob- lems such as one that hap- pened at the school," said Steve Maison of the Nye County Fire Department. "So when problems hap- pen like this one again, we don't have to call another team from someplace else to come out here to control it." The training included sessions on how to use different equipment in different situations, learning which chemi- cals are hazardous and identifying them, and how to work with chemicals to quiclly control different chemical emergencies. One part of the training" course involved situa- tions in which a team had to run in a building that supposedly had a chemical leak. The team had to find and rescue a person that was trapped in the building. Once the per- son was removed and tended to, the team had to go back in and alle- viate the problem. The team was pro- vided with special suits and masks that protect them from most kinds of hazardous leakage or chemicals that can affect the human body. Each member was in- structed on the proper way to utilize equip- ment during times of emergency. EMS crews in northern Nye County will be under- going the same train- ing classes next week. "Nye County is so big that it's going to need more than just one team to control the entire area," Maison said. "Hopefully the northern part of Nye County will doj ist as good on the course as we did," Maison said. ' ,t would be great to see Nye County to have two of these hazardous rescue teams." . b