Many experts believe bio-terrorism is a real threat after the events of Sept. 11, and now Dale County is better prepared to handle such an attack. A team has been put together to handle hazardous chemicals.
Lieutenant Tim McDonald said the idea came about after they had several calls from people about anthrax in the area. The team has already trained to enter methamphetamine labs and is undergoing training to deal with anthrax, cyanide and smallpox.
All the equipment for the team was purchased through a grant approved by Gov. Siegelman.
McDonald said the department believes with terrorism threatening our citizens it is important to be proactive rather that reactive.
The bio-terrorism team is working closely with Fort Rucker.