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Westover Air Reserve Base major accident response exercise

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - The Westover Air Reserve Base held a major accident preparedness exercise on Wednesday in advance of next month's Great New England Air Show.

The Westover and Chicopee fire departments tested their abilities to cope with a possible disaster. They dealt with a simulated jet plane accident with casualties.

It's a requirement a month before every air show hosted by Westover. Chicopee firefighters got there within the several minutes they were expected to respond.

"We worked with Westover Air Reserve Base and the Westover Fire Department, along with the Chicopee police and State Police so that we will be very prepared," Chicopee Fire Lt. Katie Collins-Kalbaugh explained. "And now today, we're running through these plans to make sure we don't discover any areas where we are weak."

The exercise also covered how to help air show visitors suffering from a heart attack or heat exhaustion.

The Great New England Air Show will be held at Westover July 14 and 15.


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