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      First responders take part in training Saturday in Horry, Georgetown counties

      U.S. Army soldiers from the 43rd Civil Support Team, S.C. Army National Guard, West Columbia, S.C., prepare for a hazardous material mission during a training exercise.. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Caycee Watson/Released)

      First responders from Horry and Georgetown counties will take part in a disaster exercise Saturday morning. They'll pretend they're responding to the crash of a commercial airliner on approach to Myrtle Beach International Airport.

      You will see military and emergency vehicles and aircraft in the areas of Bucksport Marina in Horry County and Wacca Wache Marina in Georgetown County.

      More than 200 S.C. National Guard members will also take part in the exercise, called "Operation Coastal Response 2014."

      The Guard's portion of the exercise is called "Palmetto Thunder" and will practice capabilities of hazardous materials response, bridging operations, helicopter operations and public safety assistance. Volunteers from the South Carolina State Guard will also support the exercise.

      "This exercise validates our coordination procedures with county EOCs and first responders," said Maj. Gen. Robert E. Livingston, Jr., The Adjutant General for S.C. "The importance and value of conducting these exercises can be illustrated as recently as a few days ago, when our National Guard members supported the S.C. Department of Public Safety during the winter storm."