Agencies unite in Grand Cayman as Home Gas holds emergency exercise

May 9, 2012 By    

Home Gas Ltd. held its first multi-jurisdictional LP gas emergency response training for all emergency response agencies in Grand Cayman.

The exercise involved a simulated LP gas emergency at the Home Gas bulk plant requiring response by Public Safety Communications Center (911), Royal Cayman Islands Fire Service, Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, Emergency Medical Services, Hazard Management, and the Petroleum Inspectorate.

Dennis Cruise, a U.S. trainer and facilitator, worked with Dayne Brady, general manager of Home Gas, to bring the multiple agencies together for the exercise. The agency leaders reconvened after the training exercise to evaluate their inter-operability during the large-scale maneuver.

“It was a great opportunity for everyone to work together and test their procedures and chains of command to properly handle an emergency LPG event,” Brady said.

The exercise included establishing a unified command post to coordinate interagency communications, site security, medical treatment of injured personnel and hazard mitigation through the efforts of the emergency responders and Home Gas personnel.

“Events presented during this exercise rarely occur due to the propane industry’s focus on safety,” Cruise said. “Even though the possibility of an uncontrolled propane release is extremely remote, it’s important to practice these skills to deal with this kind of emergency should it ever occur.”

Kevin Yanik

About the Author:

Kevin Yanik is the senior editor of LP Gas Magazine. Contact him at kyanik@northcoastmedia.net or 216-706-3724.

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