Local and area first responders attended a seminar on pipeline safety in Marysville Monday. The seminar was hosted by the Kansas Pipeline Association. During the seminar local and area law enforcement and fire personnel learned how to prepare for and respond to a pipeline spill. Areas discussed included: Securing the site, Establishing a command center, Evacuation procedures, and procedures for dealing with fires.
According to the Kansas Pipeline Association industry studies show the leading cause of pipeline incidents is third party damage caused by excavation without notification to the One-Call. Emergency response agencies are critical partners for pipeline companies to plan coordinated responses to these incidents when they occur. The Kansas Pipeline Association educates emergency responders through a series of seminars put on throughout the state each year. These seminars are free to agencies that wish to attend.