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Program helps first responders handle stress in disaster situations

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EGG HARBOR TWP. -

A special training program took place Thursday night to help first responders deal with the stresses of a natural disaster.

The Tony Canale Training Center played host to the program.  Fire, police, EMS and emergency management personnel were all part of the exercise to help them learn to deal with the stresses associated with responding to a major disaster such as Hurricane Sandy.

Organizers say the purpose of the event is simple.

"What helps serve them better, and prepares them better, by knowing stress and critical incident stress better, is going to help them better serve the public," said Mark Johnston of the Atlantic County Police Training Center.

A similar event aimed at helping community members deal with the stresses associated with a disaster will be held at the Ocean City Library Saturday morning at 11. The event will be open to the public.

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