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Drill prepares responders for large-scale disaster

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - You may have seen a lot of emergency crews around Longview on Monday.

Chainsaws played a big role in the simulated emergency response scenario.

Longview, Tyler and Kilgore emergency crews participated in the regional drill designed to train first responders how to react to a tornado hitting an industrial district.

"I equate this to doctors who have gone through book work and then being thrown into the operating room and asked to do open heart surgery. We've got a lot of people who have the book knowledge but have never been through a practice scenario," says disaster drill Executive Director Russell Marshall.

The disaster training will wrap up early Thursday morning.

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