Henry County Fire Department and Henry County Water & Sewerage Authority Team Up For Collaborative Training Drill
On November 29th, at the Henry County Water Authority Towaliga Water Treatment Facility in Locust Grove, the Henry County Water & Sewerage Authority and the Henry County Fire Department came together in a training exercise. The purpose of the exercise was to share emergency response plans and practice the mitigation of a Chlorine leak, a potentially hazardous situation.
The main goal for today’s drill was to test strategic planning that the Henry County Fire Department and Henry County Water & Sewerage Authority representatives have been working on, to safely and effectively mitigate an emergency at a water treatment facility. Emphasis was placed on early recognition, and early activation of emergency response personnel. A Haz-Mat operation is conducted strategically and systematic to prevent injury to the public as well as emergency personnel.
Newer and better techniques to mitigate situations are always on the horizon and in effort to maintain sharp skills and to learn more effective ways to do things, the technicians train regularly to stay sharp, however training with private company’s response personnel builds a relationship that can definitely have an effect on how a real emergency situation is mitigated.
“In the field of emergency response you can never train for all the situations you may encounter; However the Henry County Fire Department firmly believes training is a proactive approach and desires to be ready for the call no matter the nature,” said Captain Sabrina Puckett.