Following an application for funds by the Chester County Department of Emergency Services, a grant of $72,212 has been awarded to the County from the Sunoco Pipeline First Responder Fund. The grant application was preceded by a letter of request from State Senator Tom Killion, Representative Becky Corbin and County Commissioners’ Chair Michelle Kichline, and will be used by the County to purchase and install a training pipeline that is similar to the one being used in Sunoco’s Mariner II project.
“A Split Pipe Flange Fire Prop will be purchased with the money and installed at our Public Safety Training Campus,” said Robert Kagel, director of Chester County’s Department of Emergency Services. “We identified a need to enhance our training by using a more realistic simulator closer to the pipeline now being installed in the county, and turned to Sunoco to help with the funding.”
The new equipment will be used for hazardous material training at the County’s South Coatesville training campus, and will help first responders recognize a serious emergency on a high pressure industrial gas pipe. The equipment will demonstrate the flame intensity of a high-pressure gas release and will enable instructors to teach first responders about how to properly address a pipeline emergency, as well as recognition of a high gas pressure rupture and how to appropriately cool the impinging fire. This training prop will also allow first responders and industry professionals to come together and practice responding to a pipeline emergency the way they would in a real emergency.
Chester County has approximately 570 miles of pipeline running through 57 of the county’s 73 municipalities. Sunoco has more than 100 miles of pipeline in the county and another 23 miles is slated to be added in the Mariner II project.
The county’s Public Safety Training Campus is dedicated to providing quality training and education to fire, EMS and police professionals and organizations that serve county communities. The County’s goal is to provide emergency responders with the most current training and education possible.