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Firefighters will train for bio-terrorism threats

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- Local emergency workers are training for potential biohazard threats.  The Cedar Rapids Fire Department, United States Postal Service, and Linn County Public Health are all participating in the exercise.

Friday, May 14th, at the USPS Cedar Rapids Processing and Distribution Center the teams will begin training in managing and mitigating the effects of a positive Biohazard Detection Systems alert.

BDS is a technology which combines automated air sampling and an internal automated testing system.  It uses DNA analysis to detect dangerous material in the mail.  This particular session is geared toward detecting Anthrax.  Firefighters will set up a decontamination tent and train from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

This exercise is not related to any known threats -- it is simply a way for crews to review and practice their knowledge.  All streets will remain open in the area during this time.

Online Reporter Colleen O'Shaughnessy

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