Fayetteville Public Utilities (FPU) participated in a hazmat training drill alongside members of state and local emergency management agencies, city and county fire departments, as well as city and county law enforcement.

The drill started around 9:30 a.m. last Monday at FPU’s Water Treatment Plant on Eldad Road.

Over the next several hours, the agencies focused on the response if a chlorine leak were to occur at FPU’s chlorine building. The training scenario took place as if it were an actual emergency.

After a safety brief, the training drill started with Water Treatment Plant Supervisor, David Posey, making a call to 911, alerting the dispatchers they were calling about an exercise and that he had two men down. The team went through the exercise as if they were evacuating surrounding homes and businesses.

Southern Manor Assisted Living also participated in the drill, following their procedures at their facility. Responders then repaired the simulated

chlorine leak and secured the area.

“We are making sure that everyone, from FPU employees to responders and community members, know how to handle this type of situation should it arise,” said FPU CEO and General Manager Britt Dye.

The team finished up the day with a roundtable discussion in FPU’s community room. The discussion involved potential procedures that could be put in place for this scenario and others.

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