Time: 4:00 pm (Dusk) in early December
Centerville is a community of 15,000 people and is located approximately 60 miles from the nearest major city.
There are two pipelines running through this town. A liquid pipeline runs along the East side and a natural gas line along the West. There is also a gas transmission line that runs through an area that has been developed into a retail and food Super Mart. The local cable company is excavating in the parking lot of the store.
There is a daycare, residential homes, and a metal fastening facility located in close proximity to the gas transmission line. The metal fastening facility is open and operating 24 hours a day. Within 2,000 feet of the gas transmission line you will also find a small shopping mall, gas station, additional residential homes, and a major corporate facility.
The Centerville Fire Department is a volunteer fire department with career and volunteer responders. The fire department’s first response to this call would include two engines, a rescue truck and a chief officer. The personnel would be approximately 9-12 members on scene. The total response team for the community could reach 20-25 fire personnel. Mutual Aid will also respond with 5 engines, 2 tower ladders, and 5 medics within 1 Hour.
Centerville law enforcement consists of 18 officers from the local police force. There are 6 officers on duty at the time of the event. There are 2 county sheriffs in the area and 6 additional men who can be provided with a call back to work order according to the Emergency Response Plan. There is a local off duty police officer for traffic control at the Super Mart due to the high traffic volume on Saturday. The closest on duty patrol officer is a mile away to the East and a county sheriff is two miles away to the West. Call back will take 1 to 2 hours to get a guaranteed 8 more officers.
Use the tabs on the left to learn important information you will need when responding to this scenario.
When you are ready click "Proceed".
Rolloverto see images.
Click on the officer to hear his report from the Super Mart.
You are the first officer on the scene. Where would you place your police car?
Now, based on your placement of your car, where would you place the Sherrif’s car?
Click on the images to get important information form the scene.
Question #1 - Identify your priorities as an emergency responder. Select your first, second and third priority for these strategic goals.
Question #2 - Since we agree that our first priorty is life safety, what tatic do you believe will accomplish this mission?
You are on the scene with a limited number of officers. The Fire Department has been delayed and the incident is escalating. People are coming up to you with requests and seeking direction. We agree that life safety is the number one priority. The best tactic for life safety right now is evacuation.
What are the three areas you would evacuate first?
The best way to identify a pipeline is by using the pipeline marker.
Drag the circles below to the appropriate location on the marker.
What is the product?
Which can you use to acquire more information regarding this release?
Determine if the following are specific indications of a gas or a liquid leak. In some cases the answer may be both. Make your selection and check your answers.
Puddles on the ground
Liquid coming out of the ground
A sheen or slick on the water's surface
Dirt blowing in the air with no product runoff
Continuous bubbling in wet or flooded areas
Dead or brown vegetation in an otherwise green field
Using the DOT ERG what is the initial evacuation distance for this chemical?
Where else can responders go to get more help and information beyond the DOT ERG in an emergency? The pipeline control center is the “nerve center” for information about pipeline operations during an emergency. Calling the pipeline control center will begin to give you information such as:
The DOT ERG recommends several precautions for flammable atmospheres:
FIRE OR EXPLOSION
Will be easily ignited by heat, sparks or flames.
Will form explosive mixtures with air.
Vapors may travel to source of ignition and flash back
Roll over each picture you consider to be an ignition source