January 19th at 23:00 PM (Local), an earthquake, magnitude 4.5,
is experienced with an epi-center 5 miles from the response
location. This is an unusual occurrence, with no prior recorded
earthquakes in this area in recorded history.
ï½ NDJ is an industrial concern in your county that has experienced
significant impact from this event.
ï½ NDJ processes industrial (electronics and specialty) and medical
ï½ As a result of the earthquake, several explosions were
experienced in the plant.
ï½ Eight (8) employees remain unaccounted for at the present time.
Planning An Incident Response
â€¢ Itâ€™s a moonless night at 23:15 local.
â€¢ Temperature at 1.7 (C)/35(F)/humidity 50%
â€¢ Winds are from the West, at 5-7 mph
â€¢ Gusts up to 25 mph
â€¢ There is an odor of rotten eggs in the area
downwind from the plant.
â€¢ Several employees who escaped are
experiencing burning eyes and throats, and
â€¢ The first responding medic unit reports 3
patients with symptoms of pulmonary edema.
â€¢ Attempts to locate a Responsible Agent for the plant are frustrated
by the failure of telephone and data lines. Cell phone network is
crashing, though you have â€œWireless Priority Serviceâ€ on your
Question 1 After performing an assessment/analysis of the hazard from the
potential and probable chemical releases, how many exposures
could be potentially saved with a ten member HMRT supported by
3 engine and 2 ladder companies?
â€¢ HMRT = Hazardous Materials Response Team
Question 2 With your analysis of the incident, how would you go
about formulating response objectives
â€¢ What are your initial response objectives?
â€¢ How would you assess risk to each entrant if a rescue of
the â€˜down employeesâ€ is considered tenable?
Question 3 Presuming you opt to perform a search/rescue mission, what
options would you suggest to accomplish the objective of a safe
evacuation of viable victims?
â€¢ Describe the prioritization of medical care and removal of victims
from the hazard area relative to exposure and contamination.
Question 4What PPE would you require of your entrant and RIT
(Rapid Intervention Team, rescuersâ€™ rescuers) members
â€¢ What decontamination plans do you have?
â€¢ What medical treatment plan do you have?
Develop an incident action plan, including site
safety and control plan.