Belmont College and Hess Corporation Host Shale Safety Institute 2016
St. Clairsville, OH (October 8, 2016) – For the third year in a row, Belmont College welcomed local first responders to the Shale Safety Institute 2016, a partnership between Belmont College and Hess Corporation. More than 40 fire and EMS stations were represented at the event which was designed to prepare local emergency agencies to respond in emergency situations, including incidents in the oilfield in a safe and confident manner.
“Energy development in the Ohio Valley has presented many great opportunities, including a stronger local economy and incredible advancements and research. With this development has also brought a heightened awareness regarding safety issues.” said Dr. Paul Gasparro, Belmont College President.
He went on to say, “We are so grateful to Hess Corporation for their commitment to the local community and our first responders. Through the Shale Safety Institute, first responders and emergency service personnel are receiving the highly relevant training and education they need to be able to respond to oilfield related incidents and keep our communities safe.”
“We’re proud to say that this is our third year of our partnership with Belmont College to host the Shale Safety Institute. We have a safety-first culture where our ultimate goal is zero incidents. First responders are critical to this community and we hope this training provides them with some of the tools they would need to respond in the event of an oil and gas emergency,” said Rob Williams, Hess Manager of Operations, Utica.
Training for multiple scenarios were available, including electrical hazards and safety, hazmat decontamination, as well as confined space rescue.
A hands-on flammable gas/flammable liquid fire session taught characteristics of liquid and gaseous fuels and how they affect fire behavior using a BullEx fire training prop simulating a real-life gas fire. During a heavy rescue course, responders received hands-on training for alternate use of vehicle air systems to facilitate rescue operations, as well as rotator operation in heavy lifting situations.
Participants also had the opportunity to attend an active shooter incidents course in which they learned mass casualty incident operations, tactical and extrication components as well as phase appropriate patient care.
New training options this year gave first responders the ability to take multiple shortened training sessions throughout the day. Class sessions including Pre-Incident Planning for Fire Inspectors and Firefighters, Advanced Airway Simulation, and Stroke Training offered a variety of interactive stations, roundtable discussions and treatment options.
“Training events, such as Shale Safety Institute, are highly relevant to our local first responders. It is important to have hands-on instruction to familiarize ourselves with the necessary equipment and guidelines in case of an emergency situation,” said Curtis Kyer, Belmont College Assistant EMS and Fire Coordinator.
Belmont College offers on-going fire and EMS training through the Workforce Development and Community Education Department; for more information, visit belmontcollege.edu.
Hess Corporation is a leading global independent energy company engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas. More information on Hess Corporation is available at hess.com.
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