When there is an emergency — like today’s fatal accident — first responders immediately head to the scene. There’s one group that ensures those responders have everything they need to handle the incident.
The Muskingum County Emergency Management Agency coordinates everything when an accident happens, so if the responders need help they can get it, with machinery or in the case today, water.
Jeff Jadwin is the Deputy Director for the Muskingum County Emergency Management Agency and describes what he provides.
"Food, water, supplies. If they need containment supplies like booms and pads, if they don’t have enough we make sure that we’ve got them. Or get them from suppliers so that they have what they need to do the cleanup," said Jadwin.
The support agency works with everyone on the scene to establish what their needs are so the clean-up process is handled efficiently. Diesel fuel leaked from the semi onto the ground, when this happens the E.M.A. must contact the E.P.A. so they can clean-up the spill.
"As soon as we know we got a spill that’s more than twenty-five gallons, or it gets into what they call the waterways of the state, we have to call them so we called them right away," adds Jadwin.
After the wreckers clean up the tractor and the trailer, Zemba Brothers will handle the fuel spill by removing the contaminated dirt.