The City of Orange Fire Department participated in a technical rescue drill yesterday morning at the Solvay Solexis facility located on FM1006.

The drill scenario involved a lightning strike that affected the main process structure and one person was unconscious on the fifth floor level. The life size fire department rescue mannequin was utilized as the simulated victim. The fire department rescue team arrived at the drill and coordinated the response with the Solvay Solexis safety department.

The response included an assessment of the atmosphere near the victim, packaging the victim in a rescue basket and lowering the victim to the ground. The employees at the Solvay Solexis facility assisted the fire department rescue team to achieve a safe, quick and efficient response to this simulated scenario.

The employees at Solvay Solexis emphasized that their number one priority to the community was being a good neighbor. During this drill, they demonstrated their commitment to the safety and well-being of their employees and to the contractors that work at and near the facility.

Although this drill did not simulate any fume or vapor release, the employees of Solvay Solexis and the Orange Fire Department were prepared to quickly mitigate this hazard if it was simulated.

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