Nacogdoches co. first responders attend pipeline emergency training seminar

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Public demand, pipeline mishaps, and a desire to just keep people safe are all influencing factors in providing pipeline emergency response training for local emergency responders.

A pipeline emergency training session took place in Nacogdoches Thursday. The emergency responders had to be here.

Federal law mandates the pipeline industry to provide annual training. They hire a company to teach the seminars around the country.

"We talk about the different products," said Lee Nusbaum, an instructor. "We talk about the characteristics and the hazards to those products. We give them an idea of what they're dealing with."

With more than 1,700 miles of pipeline stretching under Nacogdoches County, a refresher course never hurts.

The emergency responders participated in a virtual scenario. It entailed an emergency on the loop that was affecting the safety at the exposition center.

The first question asked was …

"Who would be responsible for this area right here?"

That essentially means everyone. It's all hands on deck with a pipeline mishap.

"So that's why we push working these incidents using the coordinated effort," Nusbaum said.

A spokesperson for TransCanada, the company that opened just last week a much talked about line, stated the company and emergency responders would work together in the unlikely event of a pipeline incident in the area.

"Pipelines are much more safer in transporting this type of product than going out 59 or using the railway system," said Nacogdoches County Judge Joe English.

But just in case, the number you don't want to forget when something goes wrong is 811.

"Eight hundred-eleven is a national one call number that these folks can call if there's an incident," Nusbaum said.

Then emergency responders will demonstrate what they've learned.

On Friday, a pipeline emergency response training will take place in Houston County.

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