Do you ever give any thought to what happens when the unthinkable happens? A gas line is ruptured and ignites. Who is stepping into the breach?
Your first responders, that’s who.
The men and women of your local fire services put their lives on the line to deal with the unthinkable. When a gas line is hit and ruptures into the atmosphere, it’s the firefighters who respond. Should that rupture ignite, it’s the firefighters who put it out.
A Mock Line Strike/PipelineResponse event this past weekend in Fort Worth illustrated just that.
The scenario played out at the Tarrant County College Fire Service Training Center.
This facility serves the training needs of North Texas fire departments as well as the community at large.
In the Saturday scenario, a line was accidentally hit, releasing the ominous odor of mercaptan – the processed natural gas odorant – into the air. Two “apartment dwellers” drove up and noticed the smell, alerting 911. Within minutes fire trucks were on the scene.
Firefighters entered the now-smoking “apartment building” and worked to bring the situation under control along with the notified gas service provider.
In this scenario there were no injuries or fatalities, or large loss of property. Still, as every first responder knows, the real thing can go south in a real big hurry – hence the need for continuing training.
Think about what could happen the next time you might be tempted to do a “quick dig” without calling for an 811 locate first. It’s not only your life you’re putting in danger, but also the lives of your first responders.
We’re having another Safety Day Mock Line Strike/PipelineResponse event this Friday, May 15th, in Bryan.
Here’s information: http://diggingtexas811.com/pipeline/meeting/37
And don’t forget, the International Locate Rodeo is fast approaching in June. If you or anyone you know would like to join us by volunteering, click here to sign up.
Come on out and join us!
Until next week, safe digging!
By Scott Finley