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No country for space zombies

Theme for mass casualty exercise in Moscow causes stink

Posted: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 9:26 am, Tue Mar 5, 2013.

Moscow Fire Chief Ed Button said he has no intentions of changing the UFO-zombie theme for an upcoming mass casualty training exercise deemed offensive and confusing by some national conspiracy theorists and a Nevada gubernatorial candidate, adding the motif was meant to be fun and less controversial than a realistic crisis.

The Moscow Volunteer Fire Department and rural fire district have put on such exercises in the past with the idea being to train its volunteers on how to respond to an emergency involving many injuries and casualties, Button said, but given the national climate, he wanted to steer clear of former themes like a mass school shooting.

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