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Innovative Refrigeration Systems to Host Training Session with the Augusta County Fire Rescue
September 7, 2011


Lyndurst, VA (September 7, 2011) – Innovative Refrigeration Systems, a world-class industrial refrigeration design, fabrication, and installation company, is pleased to host a training at their facility to help the Level III Hazardous Material (Hazmat) Regional Team…Lyndurst, VA (September 7, 2011) – Innovative Refrigeration Systems, a world-class industrial refrigeration design, fabrication, and installation company, is pleased to host a training at their facility to help the Level III Hazardous Material (Hazmat) Regional Team meet and maintain certification from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. At least 30 Fire Department personnel from multiple stations are expected to participate.

The training, which will take place the morning of Saturday, September 10th, will involve the city of Waynesboro Fire Department, Staunton Fire Rescue, and the Wilson Volunteer Fire Company, allowing them to train for response to a hazmat scenario. The drill will begin with a hazardous material ‘alarm’ at the Fishersville Fire Station, where a de-briefing about the potential situation will be held, physical health of responders will be checked, and roles assigned.

Once the regional hazmat team arrives at the scene, responders in Level III personal protective gear will make multiple team entries, set up a command station and a large decontamination area that will include showers, brushes and solutions, rinse stations, and medical monitoring. The simulated response will be monitored by Fire Department officials for post-event evaluation.

“While at Innovative to train their staff on emergency response, we determined that this would be an ideal place to hold our annual hazmat certification training. By using an industrial site such as this one we are able to simulate all risk associated with hazard materials which is paramount for our team members,” said Captain Nathan Ramsey, Special Operations.

“We jumped at the opportunity to let them use our facility to prepare for an actual Hazardous Material response,” said Mike J. McGinnis, P.E., President, Innovative. “In addition to helping prepare local fire departments and insure the safety of our community, this will also help us train our customers to protect their employees and their facilities.”