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Drills sharpen skills at hazmat training

Kurt Hildebrand

A hazardous materials exercise at GE Energy had rescuers suiting up for a sulfuric acid spill on Friday.

“We have two folks injured and one immobilized and unable to extricate himself,” East Fork Deputy Chief Tim Soule said describing the drill. “We need to retrieve that person safely.”

A dozen firefighters donned the white plastic suits required to protect them from the acid’s deadly fumes, as others coordinated the drill and established the scenario.

Rescuers from East Fork, Carson City, Storey County and central Lyon County participated in the drill that involved 50 firefighters and another 20 from General Electric, Carson Valley Medical Center and other organizations.

For drill purposes, the wind was coming out of the north, which meant firefighters were upwind from the spill.

“We always set up upwind and uphill,” Soule said.

Had there been an actual emergency, the GE building would be evacuated, which would mean bringing transportation to the site, either from Douglas Area Rural Transit or the Douglas County School District.

The drill started at 9 a.m. with the initial call and wrapped up by noon.

Not all the action was at the GE building, located north of Minden. Across town on County Road, members of the Citizens Emergency Response Team were setting up the Emergency Operations Center.

The exercise provided training for the Quad County Hazmat Team, Carson Valley Medical Center and GE.