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Sunnyside hospital decontamination team conducts drills

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Members of the Sunnyside Community Hospital decontamination team practice ambulatory and non-ambulatory deployment yesterday (Monday).

The Sunnyside Community Hospital decontamination team conducted training and drills yesterday (Monday) to become more proficient.

The team spent the early morning practicing doffing their personal protection equipment and then practiced setting up the ambulatory and non-ambulatory deployment.

This is a tent that is used to spray off victims who've been contaminated with chemicals.

There are currently 16 members of the hospital decontamination team, according to Gabriella Barker, chairman of the disaster committee at the hospital.

"That gives us four four-person teams," she said.

She said the exercises give team members experience with setting up the equipment quickly and gives them the ability to decontaminate victims.

The exercises are done on a quarterly basis.

Using state guidelines the team attempts to erect the tent in under 12 minutes. The team's best time is nine minutes.

The deployment tent has an area for victims to walk through to be decontaminated and also has a section for victims who are unable to walk.

The decontamination team is made up of volunteers from all areas of the hospital.

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