Statewide HAZMAT Disaster Simulation

by Emily Baird on March 15, 2010 at 5:49 am

Local crews will be responding to a truck accident Thursday morning that will involve the leaking of hazardous chemicals, but it’s a scheduled simulation that’s part of a statewide 16 county full-scale disaster drill.

"The guys will have to suit up in their level a suits and go in to stop the leak and get the injured truck drivers out of the scene. The scenario builds on that. There will be additional people that will have to be taken to the hospital,"
says Muskingum County EMA Assistant Director, Jeff Jadwin.

The incident will take place at the Eastpointe Business Park, near the Bilco company.

Jadwin says it’s important for the public not to react to the situation because it’s not real.

"The sheriff’s office will announce that it’s a drill. When we do our radio communications, we have to constantly repeat that so anybody listening to the radio will not think we have an actual incident going on, " says Jadwin.

Jadwin says it’s good training because it makes those involved more aware of the equipment available and how other agencies react during the given situation.

Jim Granger Drive will be closed this Thursday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. as a result of the HAZMAT situation.