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OHIO UNIVERSITY - CHILLICOTHE

 

2018 News Hazardous Materials Exercise
May 14, 2018 : Hazardous materials exercise enhances local first responder abilities

 

Ohio University Chillicothe hosted the Ross County Local Emergency Planning Committee for its annual exercise on Sat., May 5, 2018. The exercise convened area firefighters, the Ross County Sheriff’s Department, Adena Hospital, area ambulance services, Zane Trace schools, Ohio Christian University students, and the Ross County Health Department to test plans for a hazardous materials exercise.

 

A scenario involving a hazardous leak from a railroad car took place on the Emergency Response Training Center at the Chillicothe campus. To simulate an actual leak, water spilled out of the sides of a rail car “threatening” and trapping students inside a school bus. First responders had to assess the situation, evacuate the students, and plug the leaks.


Paul Minney, Director of the Ross County Emergency Management Agency, explained, “This annual exercise insures that we are ready in case such an event threatens Ross County. By working together to exercise our plans, we increase our abilities to protect area populations at risk.”  
 
The Emergency Response Training Center provides a facility unique to southern Ohio. Host to a variety of events, the Center enables area responders and emergency managers to rehearse their skill set in order to safeguard the public.  

 

Associate Dean Brenda Phillips, a national expert and author on emergency management, said “This campus-community partnership provides significant value in an area where transportation accidents could occur. The campus is honored to be part of efforts to enhance public safety in Ross County.”