Participants in an EPA-led training practice techniques in late October to prepare for a possible oil spill on the Colorado River. Photo courtesy Grand County EMS
Local first responders took part in an oil spill response training Oct. 25 and 26 offered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week near Lions Park on the Colorado River. The course included training on deploying booms on rivers, establishing oil recovery sites and providing protection to sensitive areas. In addition to some national participants from the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Grand County Emergency Management Director Rick Bailey said locals from the Moab Valley Fire Protection District and the Moab City Police Department also participated.
“There’s always a chance you could have an oil spill,” Bailey said. “A rail truck could spill oil into the river somewhere.”
Bailey said it’s important for responders to attend different courses like the swift water oil response training, in order to be prepared in an emergency.
“It was a fun training, the instructors were really good … [and] for most of these guys it’s the first time they’ve actually practiced these things.”