FMC Bio Polymer in Rockland is working with the Knox County Emergency Management Agency and the Knox Local Emergency Planning Committee to stage an Emergency Response Drill at the Crockett’s Point facility. Other organizations involved in the exercise include Rockland Fire/EMS, RRT6 – The Knox Regional Response Team, Knox Regional Communications Center, Penobscot Bay Medical Center and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

The drill, which will occur at a predetermined but undisclosed time during the next week, will exercise plans policies and procedures in a coordinated response to the exercise scenario.

This will be a compact exercise in a real-world environment. Units, personnel and equipment will be mobilized much like they would in a real emergency. Missing, however will be the lights and sirens which are only used in actual emergency responses. While this is only a training exercise, it is intended to require a higher level of response coordination and performance from emergency responders in a multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional environment.

Exercises of this kind are a frequent occurrence in Maine as public and private sector organizations continually improve response plans and procedures.

The incident being portrayed at the FMC facility is limited and unlikely to ever happen. “Accidents are rare” said Rockland Fire & EMS Chief Charles Jordan citing local industry “attention to detail, quality operational oversight and good proactive plant and process management” as key reasons local responder readiness is maintained through exercises rather than response to actual emergencies.

The scenario was developed to satisfy specific objectives of each participating organization, and will include enough variables that no single response team can resolve the incident alone. Tested will be existing public agency response plans along with FMC’s Integrated Contingency Plan.

The agencies and organizations involved have been working together to plan this exercise since last winter. Through their cooperation and hard work, they are showing their commitment to the safety of their community and to providing the best emergency response possible to those who might require it in the future.