Emergency crews to hold training at JPG today
Saturday, October 05, 2013 5:00 AM
Local and regional emergency crews will conduct a training session at the Jefferson Proving Ground today from 8 to 11 a.m.
The scenario, planned at the Madison Railroad and U.S. 421, will involve a train car, hazardous materials and several possible victims.
Madison Township Fire Department Hazmat team will be the responding agency, along with Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, King's Daughters' Hospital and the local Red Cross and Salvation Army chapters. North Vernon Fire Department also will be assisting.
Aside from Madison Township Fire Department Hazmat team, the nearest such hazardous material teams are located in Columbus, Louisville and Cincinnati, said Jim Plum, chairman of the Jefferson County Local Emergency Planning Committee.
Plum said in addition to the emergency crews, volunteers from Ivy Tech Community College will play the role of the victims during the training session.
All volunteers are asked to meet at Madison Township Fire Department on Michigan Road at 7:15 a.m. The Red Cross and Salvation Army will provide will have donuts, coffee and juice. Restrooms are located in the buildings.
When the exercise is complete, all volunteers will be asked to come back to the fire department for lunch and to discuss the exercise.
Each volunteer will have an armband.
Those with green armbands will be safety officials. They will have the authority to stop the exercise if a safety issue develops.
Those who volunteer as accident victims will be given an armband with a tag listing the type of symptoms or injuries.