The Times Dispatch:

By:  Megan Heyl

The Walnut Ridge Regional Airport Commission took the first steps at Monday night's meeting in an agreement with the Regional Center for Disaster Preparedness Education at Arkansas State University to establish a disaster training facility in Lawrence County.

Regional Center Director Deborah Persell and Major Brian Mason, as well as several other members of the team, were present at the meeting to give a presentation to the 40-plus in attendance.

The 80-acre facility will be located in the southern portion of the airport just north of Lawrence County Road 428 and will offer training for a variety of emergency situations, including earthquake, flood, tornado, as well as programs such as FARMEDIC and HAZMAT training.

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