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If you happen to hear sirens or are monitoring a scanner on April 9 and hear a call for help to the site of an electrical contact emergency in the Altamont area, don’t panic, it is only a test.
Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative and the local emergency responders – the Grundy County EMS, Altamont Volunteer Fire Department, Sequatchie local law enforcement and 911 are planning a simulated electrical contact accident and emergency response drill.
The purpose of this simulation is to ensure that in the event of a real electrical contact emergency, all those involved in aiding the injured worker will know what to do to resolve the situation in the least amount of time, after all, “practice makes perfect.” While we hope we never have to practice this skill for a real emergency, this simulation will be the best practice possible without an actual emergency.
Each person and agency involved in the situation will have a script and list of steps to take, people to contact, etc. By running through the process in real time SVEC and the emergency responders can get a sense of how long it takes to respond to this type of emergency and where the weaknesses in the response plan lie. This experience will allow all involved to make adjustments to the plan. In a real emergency these adjustments and the practice “run through” may mean the difference between life and death.
Because we do not want anyone to panic upon hearing that there has been an electrical contact emergency and rush out to the site, possibly causing a real accident, we want to alert the public that a simulation is being held.