This Is A Test And Only A Test…

If there were an emergency at one of your work sites, would first responders know where to go? The answer to that question might surprise you, as Bartoo Sand and Gravel Company found out when they started making plans to conduct a simulated emergency at their crusher site. The inspiration for the drill came from a workshop on Emergency Notification Requirements and Emergency Operations Planning, held in Carlsbad in January. After the workshop, Howard Bartoo contacted his local fire department, sheriff’s office and emergency medical service responders to see what it would take to set up a mock scenario for his sand and gravel operation. As he expected, the response Bartoo got was positive; emergency personnel welcomed the idea and saw it as a valuable training opportunity. What he didn’t expect was that although everyone knew about his site, responders didn’t really have a clear idea of how to get to it. The site, where the exercise was staged, is only about three miles from the company’s main office in Truth or Consequences. To get to it, you drive about a mile and…