Wednesday, October 12, 2011

This is a Drill

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 A Hazardous Materials drill called "Operation Lethal Vapor" involving multiple patients is going to be held in the Port of Camas-Washougal (Washougal, WA) this Saturday, October 15, 2011. The drill begins at 9 AM and should be completed before noon. The public is welcome to observe the drill. Interested persons should park in the public parking area at Captain William Clark Park, at the south end of South 32nd Street, south of State Route 14, in Washougal.

The drill involves a chemical leak that exposes between 20 and 30 victim/actors (teenagers). The Regional Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) Team will mitigate the chemical leak while other responders decontaminate the victim-actors and provide medical care. LifeFlight and the US Coast Guard will provide helicopters for medical transport.

The objective is to coordinate between agencies and organizations (from within and from outside the jurisdiction) that would be involved in a real-life incident and evaluate the strengths of each group, individually and as a whole, and determine where improvement is needed.

Please be mindful of road changes and Emergency Crews in the area South of Washington State Route 14 in the Port of Camas, Washougal on Saturday October 15. Thank you for your cooperation.

The following is a list of agencies and organizations who will be involved in the drill in one capacity or another:
  • The Port of Camas/Washougal
  • Burlington Northern Santa Fe Rail
  • Skamania County Fire District 4
  • Skamania County Emergency Management
  • Skamania County Fire District 1
  • East County Fire and Rescue
  • Clark County Emergency Management
  • Department of Homeland Security, Region 4
  • Washougal Fire Department
  • Washougal Police Department
  • Camas Fire Department
  • Vancouver Fire Department
  • CRESA - Clark County 911
  • United States Coast Guard
  • American Red Cross
  • ARES Ham Radio Operators
  • Washington State Department of Transportation
  • Washougal High School Drama
  • Kemira Chemical
  • Silver Star Search And Rescue
  • Clark College
  • Georgia Pacific
  • Local Emergency Planning Commission
Contact Info: Lt. William Prince, Skamania County Fire District #4
Phone: (360) 837-1203

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