EQ’s Transportation Compliance Audit Ensures Vehicle Safety

On May 7, 2011, EQ Ohio in cooperation with the Stark County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) participated in a large mock “crash scene” disaster drill in the community of Canal Fulton, OH. The scenario involved a semi truck hauling a load of nitric acid, whereby the driver improperly navigated the entrance to a bridge on a curved road, striking the bridge and causing the tanker to leak nitric acid on the road. With the help of a smoke generator and a moth-balled leaking tanker that EQ Ohio had available, the “crash scene” appeared quite real. To add to the drama, the scenario included a group of 20 mock runners who were participating in a 5K charity run at the time and location of the crash. The “victims” were exposed to acid fumes and were transported by ambulance to two local hospitals, who also participated in the exercise. A total of two HAZMAT teams, six (6) Fire, and four (4) Police/Sheriff Departments were also on scene for the event. EQ Ohio was recognized as a major contributor, providing an observer/evaluator, truck, tanker, and driver for this large scale, high-visibility exercise. Don McDonald, Program Director for the Stark County LEPC, extended great appreciation for our involvement stating, “In today’s tough economic circumstances, it is great to work with a company that has the level of commitment towards public and first responder safety that [EQ Ohio] has demonstrated.”

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