Ascent Resources hosted a training exercise to assess integration of emergency response plans for the Senecaville Fire Department, Ohio EPA, Ohio DNR, County EMA, in Guernsey County. The drill was based on a fire with liquids going off the pad.
“We recognize we have a responsibility to keep people safe, and today’s activity allowed us to work with our community partners to ensure our response mechanisms are working. Today, we strengthen our relationship with those partners,” said Joe Steele, Ascent Resources’ EH&S Supervisor.
The purpose of the drill was to test Ascent Resources’ employees for notification of response, incident command, resource management and overall communication. Over 15 Ascent employees were involved and played various roles from engaging with law enforcement, working with the local fire department, updating DNR and EPA.
“The drill was well put together, there was really good communication between all parties, it was important to go through a real-life example of a situation that may happen on a well pad,” said Lt. Dan Webster from the Senecaville Fire Department. “The take away was that we learned there are additional resources available that could have been used if required. The biggest thing was the interaction between all parties before something happens. You don’t want to be meeting someone for the first time at 2 am when it’s raining, and something just happened.”
The verdict after debriefing was while things can always be tightened, everything went according to plan. Those involved kept to the task at hand and executed their role with precision and dedication. Days like today keep operators prepared, the community protected and allows everyone to go home safe at the end of the day.