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Quincy firefighters get hands-on training for mass decon situation

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Disasters like the Flight 214 crash or a terrorist attack can occur anywhere, at anytime. That's why Quincy firefighters are training for anything.

Friday morning, firefighters trained in airport rescues, dehydration recovery and hands-on practice for a mass decon, or decontamination.

It's a yearly refresher for crews on what to do just in case of a hazardous materials problem.

And it's not necessarily a spill clean up, rather a scenario when several people come into contact with hazmat.

"We can set up a couple trucks and flow what we call 'copious' amounts of water, large amounts of water, to wash that off their skin. We'll set up tarps for privacy because we'll have to get the clothes off. 80 percent of the hazardous material is usually on the person's clothing," said Quincy firefighter Jerry Mast.

Mast says Quincy firefighters use three days every month to train on a wide variety of situations.

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