On Saturday, October 13th, EQ Pennsylvania in York held an emergency response exercise to test its ability to respond to a mock chemical reaction incident at the facility. The voluntary exercise allowed EQ and local emergency agencies to practice and evaluate their response to the incident in the unlikely event that a similar emergency were to actually occur. It is part of an ongoing commitment by EQ to properly train associates and ensure the safety of both employees and community.
The event was defined as a “Full Scale” exercise, following the guidance set forth by FEMA’s U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP). More than 100 people from various agencies and volunteer groups participated in the exercise. This included players (emergency response and EQ personnel), controllers, simulators, evaluators, actors, observers, media and support staff.
“The health and safety of our employees and the community is our number one priority,” said Scott Maris, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at EQ and a participant in the event. “This was a great opportunity to work closely with the local emergency response organizations. I was very impressed by the planning and professionalism of the entire team. Thank you to everyone who put in so much time and effort to make this a success.”
The exercise was conducted in conjunction with the York County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), in cooperation with the York City Fire/Rescue, the York County Office of Emergency Management, the York County HazMAT team, York and Memorial Hospitals, Harrisburg Area Community College, Wellspan Health EMS, US EPA and the York-Adams Chapter of the American Red Cross.