Puget Sound Energy Trains Local Emergency Responders to Ensure Public Safety around Downed Power Lines and Natural Gas Leaks


Media Advisory (July 23, 2013):

What

Puget Sound Energy will conduct a preparedness and response training session for emergency first responders, including local firefighters, police, 911 operators and emergency management personnel on how to identify and manage emergency situations involving electricity or natural gas.

The training includes:

  • A live, outdoor demonstration showing the characteristics of burning natural gas when it escapes from a damaged pipe and meter and ignites
  • An overview of PSE’s response coordination and procedures

Where

PSE’s Tacoma Office, 3130 S. 38th Street, Tacoma

When

July 24, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. / live natural gas demonstration
(See below schedule of other training)

Who

PSE to train first-responders from:
Pierce County Emergency Management
City of Auburn
Joint Base Lewis-McChord (Police, Public Works, Facilities)

Background

PSE conducts safety training sessions year-round for emergency responders in the 10 Washington state counties where the utility provides energy service. PSE also encourages natural gas awareness with an online quiz, which is accessible to everyone. Annually, more than 1,000 first responders on average participate in PSE’s safety training program.

Program schedule:
8:30 – 10 a.m. Identifying Electric-System Hazards
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Emergency Control of Natural Gas
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Natural Gas Incident Demonstration (Leaks/Breaks/Fire Control)
(Demonstration outdoors at north end of equipment yard.)

Editor’s Note

Camera crews will be able to get close-up shots of the training and natural gas incident demonstration. Still photos and/or b-roll are available.

About Puget Sound Energy

Washington state’s oldest local energy utility, Puget Sound Energy serves 1.1 million electric customers and more than 760,000 natural gas customers in 10 counties. PSE meets the energy needs of its customers, in part, through cost-effective energy efficiency, procurement of sustainable energy resources, and far-sighted investment in energy-delivery infrastructure. PSE employees are dedicated to providing great customer service that is safe, dependable and efficient. For more information, visit www.PSE.com, or follow PSE on Facebook and Twitter.

Media Contact

Ray Lane, 1-888-831-7250
PSENewsroom@pse.com