Local utilities, agencies team up for emergency response scenario | SierraSun.com

Local utilities, agencies team up for emergency response scenario

TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; Dozens of local utilities and emergency response agencies recently collaborated in a regional table-top exercise to improve emergency response.The June 21 working scenario involved multiple lightning-caused fires from Plumas to Mono County, creating a catastrophic wildfire scenario that would bring together utilities, county and state representatives, and fire agencies from the greater Lake Tahoe region.Liberty Utilities andamp; NV Energy hosted this exercise to help demonstrate the ability of electric utilities to work together during emergencies and improve communication and execution during catastrophic emergencies.The Truckee Donner Public Utility Districtandamp;#8217;s facilities were central to this exercise, as the multiple fire scenario impacted both electric and communication facilities in the Truckee area.andamp;#8220;With the mild winter, low snowpack and early dry fire season, we wanted to work with all of the local agencies in the Sierra Front area to be prepared for any potential fire event that may occur,andamp;#8221; said Sam Rohn, Liberty Utilities representative. andamp;#8220;We included the state agencies in the exercise to ensure we have proper support if the need for mutual assistance from outside our territory comes into play.andamp;#8221;The planning and coordination exercise was designed to improve the understanding of a response concept and identify opportunities or problems. The goals were improved communications, incident management, and inter-agency coordination.This scenario planning exercise occurred, coincidentally, just a few days before California Sen. Ted Gaines hosted a local meeting reviewing the progress that has been made since Lake Tahoeandamp;#8217;s Angora Fire.The program, titled andamp;#8220;Angora Fire: Five Years Laterandamp;#8221; took a critical look at the successes and failures of the emergency response to the Angora Fire and what the key players had accomplished in the last five years to address failures and opportunities.andamp;#8220;The TDPUD serves the greater Truckee community both electric and water and our response in a fire emergency will be critical.andamp;#8221; said Michael Holley, TDPUD general manager. andamp;#8220;We take being prepared very seriously and all of the participating agencies will need help from each other.andamp;#8221;For more information about the recent exercise or emergency response efforts, contact Liberty Utilitiesandamp;#8217; Sam Rohn at 530-546-1744 or sam.rohn@libertyutilities.com; NV Energyandamp;#8217;s Jim Reagan at 775-834-7864 or jreagan@nvenergy.com; or TDPUDandamp;#8217;s Jim Wilson, 530-582-3925 or jimwilson@tdpud.org.

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