Cass County responders train for pipeline emergencies

Last Updated on March 16, 2023 by Cass County Emergency Management Agency

Responders from across Cass County gathered March 11, 2023 at Logansport Fire Department for a free training opportunity arranged by Cass County Emergency Management Agency on pipeline emergencies. The training was conducted by All Hazards Training Center at The University of Findlay.

Participating agencies included: Logansport Fire Department, Cass County Emergency Management Agency, Cass County Fire District 1, Walton Community Fire Department, Clinton Township Volunteer Fire Dept., Logansport Memorial Hospital, Pulaski County Emergency Management, Fruitdale Volunteer Fire Dept, NuStar Energy

This 8-hour, tuition-free training opportunity is provided by The University of Findlay’s All Hazards Training Center (AHTC) on behalf of The Center for Rural Development (CRD), the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (DOT PHMSA). The purpose of this course is to bring together rural pipeline security stakeholders including public safety, oil and gas pipeline representatives (large and small), local emergency planners, pertinent federal agencies, and other community stakeholders to recognize pipeline security threats and identify mitigation strategies within their jurisdictions to ensure that the rural pipeline sector is secure and resilient.

The course will include various participant scenario-based activities to ensure that the nation’s emergency responders are able to work seamlessly with private industry and the various federal agencies that would respond to an attack on the nation’s pipeline system. The course objectives will enhance the participants’ mitigation, response, and recovery capabilities through both classroom instruction and in scenario-based training activities. This format will promote greater understanding and collaboration among parties responsible for pipeline security, and will enhance operational capabilities between the many partners in response to a rural pipeline security incident.

Topics covered included:

– Pipeline Components

– Review of Pipeline Security Incidents and Terrorism Against Pipelines

– Regulations and Federal Guidelines Applicable to the Pipeline System

– Current Security Threat Protocols

– Collaborative Response Protocols (Scenario-Based)

SOURCE: News release from Cass County Emergency Management Agency