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MENAFN - Arab News - 03/12/2013

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(MENAFN - Arab News) The Civil Defense of Madinah Province along with other government departments displayed their preparedness in dealing with mishaps through a mock drill conducted on the Refinery Road in Yanbu Industrial City on Monday. For the drill, they reconstructed an accident scene involving an overturned truck carrying toxic chemical substance.
As many as 105 Civil Defense officers and personnel from other departments participated in the drill. Besides government departments concerned with such operations, factories nearby, industrial security forces and the Yama voluntary rescue committee were also roped in for the drill.
The drill involved demonstration of rescue operations when a tanker truck carrying dangerous chemicals overturned at the intersection where King Saud Street meets the Refinery Street.
The drill was aimed at testing real time preparedness of the Civil Defense successfully handling a situation which posed serious threat to public health, environment and safety of the people.
The operation started at 9 a.m. with the Civil Defense receiving a call for help from the victims of an accident in which a truck carrying 12 cubic meters of dangerous chemical substance overturned.
Within six minutes of the accident, the Civil Defense passed the information to the factories, industrial safety companies, government departments and the Yanbu emergency voluntary committee, Yama. It also took steps to mobilize human resources and equipment for safety operations.
One team evacuated people within a circumference of 250 meters of the 'accident site.' Announcements were also made to warn people from approaching the accident site. Schools and residential areas were also informed of the accident.
Within 15 minutes of the accident, an intervention team locates the point of leakage of the dangerous substance including the poisonous gas polluting the nearby area, and steps were taken stop it, besides gauging the concentration of the pollutant gas in the air.
Other teams were put on alert in the event of fire breaking out because of the leak of inflammable substance in the area.
All the teams worked together like a well-oiled machine. The medical team examined persons who had inhaled the toxic gas, injuries and casualties in the accident besides undertaking first aid. Red Crescent teams and security forces were busy airlifting victims to the nearest medical centers. Other teams also conducted field surveillance to detect the level of pollution and reported the matter to the Civil Defense.
The victims were sent to a shelter which was fully equipped with all essential things needed for relief. An investigation team began probing the cause of the accident and determined the extent of injuries and death toll.


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