Registration Closed For First Wellsite Emergency Training Session

gaswellemergencyThere’s a full house for the first in a series of local training sessions designed to prepare emergency services personnel for response to a natural gas wellsite incident. Potter County Department of Emergency Services is working with the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy to bring the program to the area.

Because of the overwhelming response, walk-ins will not be accepted for the first session, Wellsite Emergency First Responder Training, being held on Sunday, Oct. 10, in Roulette. Registration remains open for the Wild Well Control training sessions scheduled for next month.

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 Wild Well Control training is as follows:

  • Friday, Nov. 19, 9 am, Coudersport Fire Dept. Training Center;
  • Saturday, Nov. 20, 9 am, Emporium Firehall;
  • Sunday, Nov. 21, 9 am, Harrison Township Firehall.

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

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