County, Fire Academy Team For First Responder/Gas Well Training

Potter County Today

Potter County Department of Emergency Services is getting in on the ground floor of a state-sponsored training program to prepare first responders and community leaders for emergency and public safety incidents at natural gas wells. Potter County is working with the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy to bring the program to the area. The natural gas industry is supporting the initiative, which features new components targeted specifically at public safety issues associated with shale gas production. It will cover a host of topics, from what to expect upon arriving at a well site, to how to coordinate with on-site industry personnel, giving first-responders the tools needed to effectively respond to the broad range of scenarios. Schedule for local training is as follows:

  • Sunday, Oct. 10, 1 pm, Wellsite Emergency First Responder training, Roulette Firehall;
  • Friday, Nov. 19, 9 am, Wild Well Control training program, Coudersport Fire Dept. Training Center;
  • Saturday, Nov. 20, 9 am, Wild Well Control training, Emporium Firehall;
  • Sunday, Nov. 21, 9 am, Wild Well Control training, Harrison Township Firehall.

Additional information is available from Potter County DES at 274-8900.

Meanwhile, Congress is considering a bill designed to improve emergency response at oil and gas wells. The measure would require operators to:

  • Have an employee knowledgeable in responding to emergency situations present at the well at all times during the exploration or drilling phase;
  • Make available a certified response team, within one hour of ground travel time.
  • Contact local first responders within 15 minutes of an emergency; and contact OSHA and the National Response Center within one hour;
  • Provide communication technology at the site (e.g., mobile communication or satellite phone);
  • Provide annual training to local first responders.

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One Comment

  1. Frost says:

    why did they dispatch Rescue PEMA to the Catlin Hollow Rd accident? Was it a tanker, fuel leak or a what?

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