June 4, 2001
Emergency exercise planned
Representatives from local agencies and BP Pipeline North America, owners and operators of the Olympic Pipeline, will be participating in a June 13 exercise that is set to test agency response to a simulated pipeline rupture. The simulated rupture is to occur along the Woodinville/Bothell boundary in the vicinity of 124th Avenue NE and NE 173rd Place. The all-day practical exercise was developed as a training requirement for the participating cities. It will allow first responders from multiple agencies to work through several scenarios related to a break in a section of the fuel pipeline that lies between the two cities. Exercise participants will process incident information, issue "mock" news releases, determine evacuation routes and establish communication between Bothell and Woodinville. Residents and businesses in the area may observe personnel in the field as they respond to the simulated incident.
"This exercise is a follow-up to a table top drill that the city of Woodinville held last November and will involve more "hands on" emergency response training," notes Ray Sturtz, Woodinville's emergency management director.
"Emergency response is most effective when responding agencies know one another, thus having an understanding of roles and responsibilities," adds Ron Zsigmondovics, deputy chief, Bothell Fire and E.M.S.