Located outside Baton Rouge, LA a large pipeline terminal facility that stewards over 20% of the eastern U.S. fuel supply contacted IES for assistance with safety pre planning, training and response. Like other facilities, with dozens of storage tanks, underground pipelines and pump stations, Site Managers were concerned about the various emergency scenarios that could impact the facility and interrupt operations.
Referred by another IES customer, the Terminal Manager contacted IES to begin assessment phase of their exposure followed developing response plans, assisting with acquisition of necessary response equipment to manage potential incidents, and to map out and manage response operations going forward.
Having completed a site assessment and incident profiles respective to the site’s operations, IES has worked successfully over the last two years with the Terminal Safety and Operations Team to assemble the necessary arsenal of response equipment and to enhance site bound infrastructure that will bolster response operations – including the installation of a two-million gallon firewater pond and sloped landing for staging of firewater pumps.
Given the remote location, first on everyone’s mind is accessibility and timeliness for an outside response in an emergency event. Client requirements defined a 30-minute window for response assets to be operating onsite to address the earliest phases of an event. With its nearest response location 45 minutes away, IES reached out to a nearby municipal Fire District located just 10 miles north of the facility as a possible response partner for initial response. The District Fire Chief was open to working with IES for a number of reasons – “If the District can get training, equipment and a financial incentive to support IES it helps us better serve the community while also enhancing the skills of our team – it was a win win for us and for the community,” the District Fire Chief said during his first meeting with IES. Don’t want to name him?
With a written agreement in place partnering IES with a public fire department, response plans were developed that defined equipment, training and emergency preplans and logistics to align Fire Depart personnel and IES responders. This process insured that the contracted fire agency had the proper training, equipment and resources to meet the needs of initial response operations at the terminal – focusing primarily on establishing a water supply and mounting defensive operations to cool any adjacent assets threatened by fire.
IES is also immediately dispatched in the event of an emergency and responds with a full terminal response package to manage the worst case scenario. Stepping in to the Unified Command structure with the Client and the local fire district, IES will jointly implement a plan for incident mitigation.
The last two years of this partnership have resulted in ongoing collaboration between IES, our customer and the contracted public agency to identify gaps and improve the process. The partnership is a great example of cohesion between private and public entities to meet the safety needs of an IES Terminal Customer, create a stronger response force at large, and even to provide additional revenue for the Fire District.