National Guard members train for disasters, terrorist attacks

AURORA, Colo. - The Community College of Aurora was turned into a mock terrorist attack site over the weekend to train National Guard members how to respond to emergencies.

Here's the scenario the National Guard had to deal with: A large three story building has been subject to a chemical attack from an unknown source. The National Guard has to enter the building, secure it and rescue the people inside, all without getting hurt themselves. It's a complicated scenario, according to spokesperson Major Bruce Roberts.

"That's part of the challenge for these guys when they have to make entry and perform extraction for these victims, it adds a degree of difficulty which is a really good challenge for us," Roberts said.

After scouting the building, the National Guard members reinforce the building to make rescuing the victims easier. They also check deep into the building to ensure everyone is rescued.

"It's our duty as the National Guard to respond to domestic emergencies. That can range from a natural disaster, to a terrorist attack," Roberts said. 

The drills will run until Tuesday.

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