Firefighters Participate in Spill Response Training to Protect Local Drinking Water Sources

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Twelve firefighters across the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville participated in Spills Response Training on June 25 2016.

The training compliments a previous session that was offered by South Nation Conservation (SNC) in 2008 and 2009 and this year was offered in partnership with the Mississippi-Rideau Source Protection Region.

The purpose of this training was to refresh local fire departments on how to respond to a hazardous material spill to ensure the safety of the community and protect local drinking water sources. The safety of first responders is very important when dealing with hazardous material spills.

Firefighters learned about how to prepare for an emergency spill of hazardous materials and what to do when they arrive on the scene. Each fire department was requested to send one trainee that would then share the information with their fire department. 

The session included a lecture and hands-on training where participants practiced patching holes and identifying products, among other topics. A fuel truck from Guy Fuels in Winchester was on site to provide extra hands on training to participants. Local representatives from the Environmental Services Division of Drain-All Ltd. were also present to share best management practices.

“We could not have done this event without the cooperation and commitment from our local fire departments. A big thank-you is extended to all who had a hand in organizing this training," observed Marika Livingston, Environmental Planner.

Training sessions such as these are part of ongoing initiatives to support Municipalities through the implementation of the Raisin-South Nation Source Protection Plan. Policies went into effect April 1, 2015.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Marika Livingston, 1-877-984-2948 ext. 311,