The Chemours Company recently teamed up with 150 first responders for a local Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response-modeled training, focused on assisting communities prepare and respond to a possible hazardous material transportation incident.
This intense 5-day training event was held at the Chemours plant in DeLisle and was hosted by the Chlorine Institute, a trade association that supports the chlor-alkali industry and fosters safety improvements. The workshops included classroom sessions and field exercises that showed how to apply repair kits for chemical leaks and simulated responses to leaks using compressed air and water to mimic actual conditions.
Participating in the exercises were several local first response agencies and the DeLisle site's emergency response personnel, said Stephen Vogle, Chemours Facility Security Officer.
"Because many businesses in the local area ship, receive, produce, use or store hazardous materials, it is important that in an emergency incident, first responders are adequately trained," said Harrison County Fire Chief Pat Sullivan. "I think it is great when companies provide in-depth training for first responders whether they be firefighters, police officers or EMS workers, it helps us do our job safely."