Swift re­sponse to ‘crash’

The Rep - - NEWS - ANDISA BONANI and SIVENATHI GOSA

BP PE­TRO­LEUM in part­ner­ship with the Chris Hani Dis­trict Mu­nic­i­pal­ity (CHDM) con­ducted a mock ac­ci­dent to de­ter­mine the ef­fi­ciency and ur­gency of the se­cu­rity clus­ter in re­spond­ing to ac­ci­dents last Fri­day.

The ex­er­cise was part of BP’s aware­ness cam­paign about the trans­porta­tion of haz­ardous prod­ucts.

BP Cri­sis and Con­ti­nu­ity Man­age­ment man­ager Bhek­izwe Dlodlo said, “There are a lot of prod­ucts that BP dis­trib­utes to its cus­tomers on a daily ba­sis, but many chem­i­cals we trans­port are of a haz­ardous na­ture. The aim of this ex­er­cise is to cre­ate an aware­ness among com­mu­nity mem­bers.”

The Chris Hani se­cu­rity clus­ter which in­cludes the South African Po­lice Ser­vice, emer­gency ser­vices and the traf­fic depart­ment – none of which were in­formed about the “dis­as­ter” on the out­skirts of Ko­mani in ad­vance – re­acted swiftly to a call about a re­ported “crash” be­tween a BP truck and an Audi A3.

Emer­gency Med­i­cal Ser­vices (EMS) paramedics were the first to ar­rive on the scene, fol­lowed by traf­fic of­fi­cers who im­me­di­ately took con­trol of traf­fic and di­verted mo­torists to other routes. The po­lice and fire and res­cue ser­vices were also spot­ted on the scene.

The Spill­tech per­son­nel hit the ground run­ning by pour­ing a foamy sub­stance on the de­lib­er­ate oil spill.

The jaws of life were used to res­cue the trapped man­nequin from the Audi.

Dlodlo said he was pleased with the out­come of the ex­er­cise.

Sim­i­lar ex­er­cises would be con­ducted in var­i­ous mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties with dis­as­ter man­age­ment de­part­ments to as­cer­tain if these have the ca­pa­bil­ity, re­sources and man­power to re­spond to an ac­ci­dent in­volv­ing a ve­hi­cle car­ry­ing haz­ardous prod­ucts.

Pic­ture: SIVENATHI GOSA

EMER­GENCY SIT­U­A­TION: Res­cue work­ers free a ‘body’ from a man­gled wreck dur­ing a mock dis­as­ter sit­u­a­tion near Ko­mani

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