An emergency training exercise was conducted at North West Redwater Partnership's (NWR) Sturgeon Refinery last Tuesday (Oct.30).
Dozens of people, from fire crews to local operations staff, were a part of a simulated emergency on site to test and practice the company's protocols.
"In this case, we staged a fire in the tank farm. So, the simulation was one of the tanks caught fire and then that sets off a series of events and activities that our emergency response team and response centre is then trained to respond to accordingly," said Vanessa Goodman, external relations manager with North West Redwater Partnership.
The training dealt with everything from putting out the fire to evacuations, contacting the public and responding to media.
NWR does multiple walkthroughs and simulations throughout the year, but Goodman said this was one of the bigger exercises due to the Sturgeon Fire Department also being involved.
"It's incredibly important that we are prepared for all types of emergencies. So, that includes the incidents that could happen on our site and even a forest fire, severe weather and even a major traffic incident."
Anyone with questions or concerns about any of the happenings at NWR are asked to call 1-866-653-9959 for information.