Calif. responders conduct hazmat drill


By Donna Tam
The Times-Standard

EUREKA, Calif. — City Ambulance paramedic Ron Alleson probably hadn't expected his first day on the job to involve him convulsing on the ground of a former Pacific Lumber Company mill in Scotia.

But, as a part of a countywide emergency responders drill for handling hazardous materials, Alleson had to play the part of a paramedic who had been exposed to toxic pesticides that affected his nervous system, causing him to convulse. In the scenario he was one of two paramedics who responded to a car accident on U.S. Highway 101 that resulted in a punctured tank filled with pesticide.

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