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Fire Trucks At Spokane River; This Is Only A Test

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - More than two dozen firefighters from across the Spokane area are practicing water drills in the Spokane River on Thursday. The drills are designed to practice deploying booms and capturing gasoline or oil, which could spill into the waterway.

Authorities say planning for the drills started at least 8 months ago, several months before the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

"There are places on the river that might have an event," said Battalion Chief Stan Cooke of the Spokane Valley Fire Department. "Whether it be farther up or farther down the river, we want to be ready."

Water Rescue teams and Haz-Mat teams from the Spokane Fire Department and Spokane Valley Fire Department practiced the drill near Boulder Beach in Spokane Valley. Authorities from the Department of Ecology were also on hand.

A pedestrian bridge near Boulder Beach was closed for several minutes while crews anchored a rope line, but no major park closures were enforced.

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