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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Laurel Firefighters Participate in Evacuation Drill

Fire/EMS units and personnel participated in a full scale evacuation drill of a high-rise commercial building on Monday, August 20, 2012. Safety personnel from the WSSC headquarters, 14501Sweitzer Lane in Laurel, worked with the Volunteer Deputy Chief from the Laurel Fire/EMS Station 810 in coordinating the exercise. The drill allowed for WSSC to test evacuations plans and standard operating procedures and allowed public safety personnel an opportunity to become familiar with the building interior.

Laurel Volunteer Deputy Chief Trey Kelso was requested by WSSC to have the Fire/EMS Department involved in their annual fire drill and full scale building evacuation. At 0930 am, WSSC activated a pull station on the fourth floor and simulated a fire requiring a total evacuation of all personnel in the 17 story high rise, including an active child daycare center. Fire/EMS units proceeded as a simulated box alarm and reported to assigned positions following the High Rise procedures outlined in PGFD General Order 6-1.

After the completion of the drill Firefighter/Medics from Laurel Station 810 provided a fire safety demonstration for the daycare center.

Fire/EMS units staffed with career and volunteer personnel participating in the drill included; Laurel Fire/EMS Station 810 (engine, medic unit) and 849 (rescue engine), Calverton Fire/EMS Station 841 (engine), Howard County Engine Company 11, Beltsville Fire/EMS Station 831 (truck), Howard County Truck 6, Montgomery County Truck 715 and Battalion Chief 886.

WSSC and the Fire/EMS Department each declared the combined exercise a success.

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