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Chicago first responders conduct 24-hour disaster drill

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Chicago and suburban firefighters have converged at 59th and Normal, but not for an emergency. A 24-hour disaster drill was underway Tuesday in the heart of the Englewood neighborhood.

Chicago and suburban firefighters swarmed the neighborhood to practice what to do in the event of the real tornado, or any of the myriad natural disasters that could take place.

A tornado simulation was set up Tuesday morning, without first-responders knowing what they were heading into when they were deployed. Firefighters rescued dozens of mannequins as well as about 120 mock victims from two already collapsed buildings - one an apartment building and the other a parking garage.

"The abnormal storms of yesteryear are the normal storms of today," Chicago Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago said. "These microbursts, this could happen any time. We have a lot of equipment, a lot of resources down here. We're lucky Chicago can do this and we'll take a lot of good lessons learned from here."

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