The exercise was staged at the Shell Deer Park chemical complex in Texas and was coordinated by Channel Industries Mutual Aid (CIMA), a coalition of industrial companies, municipalities and government agencies in the Houston Ship Channel area.
Designed to determine how well the emergency responders work together, more than 100 volunteers—including employees from Akzo Nobel’s Polymer Chemicals site in Deer Park—took part..
Although there was no actual explosion and no real fire, they were able to work on coordinating communications, as well as testing the effectiveness of emergency equipment, such as dispatch devices and fire extinguishing vehicles.
“Everything went very well,” said CIMA Chairman, Sam Pipkin, after the drill. “We try to determine what went right and what areas need improvement. We might do some tweaking here and there, but there were no major areas of concern.”
CIMA members maintain a corps of emergency personnel and a pool of more than 200 pieces of specialized equipment, including rescue trucks, high volume foam pumpers and ambulances. They provide rapid response assistance whenever emergencies occur.
(Released: September 18, 2002)