Belmont College and Hess Corporation Host Shale Safety Institute 2015
St. Clairsville, OH (August 22, 2015) – For the second year in a row, Belmont College welcomed more than 150 local first responders to the Shale Safety Institute 2015, a partnership between Belmont College and Hess Corporation. 49 fire and EMS stations were represented at the event which was designed to prepare local emergency agencies to respond 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 second 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 confined space rescue, water movement and incident command for oil and gas emergencies.
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 foam application course, responders simulated spraying firefighting foam firsthand from a fire engine. Participants also practiced establishing a landing zone as two helicopters flew onto 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 hess.com.
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