Belmont College and Hess Corporation Host Shale Safety Institute 2014
St. Clairsville, OH (November 15, 2014) – Belmont College welcomed more than 250 local first responders today to the Shale Safety Institute 2014, a partnership between Belmont College and Hess Corporation. Sixty-six fire and EMS stations were represented at the event, which was designed to prepare local emergency agencies to respond to oilfield incidents 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,” said Dr. Paul Gasparro, Belmont College President. “With this development has also come a heightened awareness regarding safety issues. 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.” Gasparro said he was thrilled to partner with Hess Corporation to provide the safety training event.
“Hess holds its commitment to social responsibility as one of its top values as a company,” said Rob Williams, Hess Manager of Operations, Utica. “Hess is dedicated to developing trusted partnerships to build programs like the Shale Safety Institute 2014 that can make long-lasting positive impacts in the communities where we work and live.”
Training for multiple scenarios were available, including confined space rescue, incident command for oil and gas emergencies, water movement, and a clinical cadaver lab environment, provided by EZ-IO Vidacare, which allowed participants to examine airway and vascular techniques.
A mass casualty session taught triage methods where participants practiced their skills on mannequins altered to represent emergency victims. During a foam application course, responders simulated spraying firefighting foam firsthand from a fire engine. Participants also practiced establishing a landing zone as a helicopter flew into the site.
“Training events, such as the 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 www.hess.com.
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