SEARCH, Imperial County Fire Dept. and renewables run emergency drill


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 EL CENTRO – At 9:00 a.m. on Friday, the Imperial County Fire Department and REACH Air Medical Services conducted a joint training with Site Safety and Health Officer John McCaughey of the firm SafeCon Consulting Group.


SafeCon Consulting Group is a nationwide company that provides safety programs, safety management, and safety staffing, among other services, related to onsite safety issues on construction sites and for other companies.


SafeCon Consulting Group’s John McCaughey requested the exercise on behalf of their clients Contra Costa & Dynalectric and their customers Flour Constructors International and Centinela Solar.


This training was designed to allow “real world” experience for both emergency crews and onsite construction workers. Training such as this helps everyone involved to maintain a safe work environment and to learn how each agency works together in the best interest of the injured person. The training was held at a solar facility construction site near Brockman and Kubler Roads.


Today’s training is one of many ongoing trainings that the Imperial County Fire Department has been conducting with renewable energy projects to ensure the best emergency care at their facilities at no cost.


Imperial County Fire Chief Tony Rouhotas had this to say about today’s training exercise, “The Imperial County Fire Department has been providing training programs and investing a lot of time with a lot of projects being built throughout the County, specifically in the South end where a great deal of renewable energy projects are being constructed. This week we are  conducting a drill in which we will be responding to a construction site to the report of a person in need of medical assistance. The drill will provide a multitude of emergency personnel, but also include on site project personnel. It is extremely important to make sure that the project personnel and emergency responders are aware of each other’s capabilities and protocols.”

“We must take the time to know one another and what would be expected in the event that emergency services are requested. A simple example is for the employees to have an established protocol in which to dispatch emergency resources and in turn the first responders must also be familiar with the project sites. Today’s exercise is measuring the effectiveness of private companies working with the local public agencies. It is extremely important to provide the best and most effective services possible and today’s exercise is ensuring the best quality of care to be delivered.”


The Solar industry has become a large contingent in the Southern area of the county and is spread out over 12 square miles with hundreds of employees spread throughout.

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