Fujifilm leaders and Greenwood County and City Emergency Services officers are making final preparations for a multi-agency drill to be held on November 5, 2019. The exercise will provide an opportunity for City and County emergency services to test industrial incident response and will allow Fujifilm’s emergency response teams to practice coordinating with external services. Additionally, Fujifilm will evaluate aspects of its crisis communications plan.
The drill, the first to be conducted by Greenwood County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), will begin around 10:00 am on November 5th and will simulate a HAZMAT (Hazardous Materials) incident. Fujifilm’s first responders and HAZMAT teams will be called to action, and the City of Greenwood HAZMAT team and Fire Department and Greenwood County EMS will be dispatched for further response simulation.
The LEPC is crucial to maintaining the effectiveness of local HAZMAT planning and the community’s right to know provisions of EPCRA (Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act). In addition to the conduct of HAZMAT exercises, the LEPC serves the community by assessing local hazards, vulnerabilities and capabilities as well as studying and monitoring the flow of hazardous materials into and out of the County. Greenwood County LEPC is comprised of representatives from local industries, state and local government, emergency response, education, and healthcare entities.
“We appreciate Fujifilm’s willingness to work with us on this drill,” said George McKinney, Greenwood County Emergency Management Coordinator. “We have been working closely with Fujifilm on crisis communications for the past three years, and this exercise is the natural progression of this work,” concluded McKinney.
“Even though we have a second-to-none commitment to safety and sophisticated prevention systems, preparation and practice cannot be ignored,” said Todd Croker, President, FUJIFILM Manufacturing U.S.A., Inc. “We conduct table-top drills and exercises to ensure we are prepared to respond quickly and effectively in the event of an incident,” continued Croker. “We want our associates as well as our neighbors to understand that we take their safety and the protection of our environment very seriously.”
In addition to local emergency planning response teams, members of the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) as well as representatives from Fujifilm companies across North America will be present to observe and to participate in the drill evaluation. The Greenwood County LEPC plays a critical role in forming partnerships with local industries and government entities to enhance hazardous materials preparedness.