First Responders Train for Well-Field Emergencies

Published 05.23.2012

The Gallery at Penn College

First responders from eastern Lycoming County were among the initial trainees at the new Energy Technology Education Center, dedicated Friday near Penn College's Schneebeli Earth Science Center south of Williamsport. On the morning after the dedication, crews assembled for a simulated lightning strike, potential methane leak and multiple injuries at a natural gas well field. Guided by real-time radio transmissions – with authenticity heightened by raging flames, active hoses and frighteningly realistic mock injuries – volunteer firefighters and other emergency personnel prioritized and conquered each of the challenges that greeted their deployment. The training site is a joint venture among the college, the Lycoming County Department of Public Safety and natural gas industry partners.