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The training session dealt with a potential terrorist threat.

The exercise is played out at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center where first responders discovered victims who are simulating symptoms of exposure to something hazardous along with other pretenders who were unresponsive.

Joining in the exercise was a specialized National Guard unit from Rickenbacker Air Base near Columbus.

During the exercise, Hazmat crews suited up in protective gear and a team entered a building to investigate. They discovered a suspicious cylinder and detected radiation. The radiation is what brings in the National Guard unit which specializes in weapons of mass destruction.

"We bring the expertise of understanding chemical biological radiological WMD type incidents. So that's what we bring in to compliment what they already have," said Lt. Col. Jeff Suver, Army National Guard.

Treating the injured is also very much a part of the exercise and soon a helicopter arrives from the Cleveland Clinic Critical Transport Unit. The pretend patients are evaluated at the scene and then taken to the chopper for transport to St, Elizabeth Medical Center.

The main purpose of the exercise is to be prepared and have everyone working together.

At the end of the day there was a review process to evaluate the success of the exercise.

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