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Dated 10/12/2007

Operation 'First Things First" Tests Speed

DATED: Friday, October 12, 2007
CONTACT: Hunterdon County Health Department 908-788-1351
CONTACT PERSON: Carl Rachel, Public Relations Director
EMAIL: crachel@co.hunterdon.nj.us

Pictured (l to r) Detective Tom Camporeale of the Raritan Township Police Department is assisted by exercise participant Don Gootee as they load a shipment of medications during Operation First Things First. The Hunterdon County Department of Health led the full-scale exercise last week under high-security conditions which required the staffs of the county Prosecutor's Office, the Office of Emergency Management, Hunterdon Medical Center and various municipal agencies. The goal: To time how effectively the health department can supply county first responders with drugs that could protect them during a biological attack or an outbreak of infectious disease. It is the first step to responding to a major public health emergency.