Hosted by the Maple Park-Countryside Fire Protection District, sponsored by Burlington Northern Sante Fe (BNSF) Railway and coordinated by the Kane County and the DeKalb County Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC), the 51 attendees received classroom instruction on ethanol and then experienced and practiced putting out actual ethanol fires during an exercise drill. The exercise drill consisted of communications, response, arrival, National Incident Command System (NIMS), mutual aid box alarm system (MABAS), staging, flowing foam, extrication, safety and other related activities. Both LEPCs were able to exercise their respective Chemical Emergency Response Plans.
The fire departments participating were Cortland, Elburn, Malta, Maple Park-Countryside, Kaneville, Kirkland, Sandwich, Somonauk and Sycamore. Major contributors to the training and exercise were Sycamore Speedway, BNSF Railway, DeKalb Mechanical, Illinois River Energy, Ideal Industries, PCCR USA, and both the Kane Co. and the DeKalb Co. LEPCs.
Photo courtesy of Darrell Coquillette