On Thursday, July 7, the City of Orange Fire Department participated in a technical rescue drill at the Solvay Solexis facility located on FM1006. The drill scenario involved a lightning strike affecting the main process structure with one person rendered unconscious on the 5th floor level. The life size fire department rescue mannequin was utilized as the simulated victim.
The fire department rescue team arrived at the drill and coordinated the response with the Solvay Solexis safety department, deputy fire chief Jerry Ziller said. The response included an assessment of the atmosphere near the victim, packaging the victim in a rescue basket and lowering the victim to the ground. The employees at the Solvay Solexis facility assisted the fire department rescue team to achieve a safe, quick and efficient response to this simulated scenario, he added.
“The employees at Solvay Solexis emphasized that their number one priority to the community was being a good neighbor,” Ziller stated. “During this drill, they demonstrated their commitment to the safety and wellbeing of their employees and to the contractors that work at and near the facility. Although this drill did not simulate any fume or vapor release, the employees of Solvay Solexis and the Orange Fire Department were prepared to quickly mitigate this hazard if it was simulated.”