INPAA Emergency Responder Meetings Tackle Realistic Scenarios
This winter, the Indiana Pipeline Awareness Association (INPAA) held its annual series of Emergency Responder Meetings in towns throughout Indiana, with new venues in Terre Haute, Batesville and Montgomery. INPAA held 20 two-hour sessions that offered training to emergency response professionals seeking to hone their skills and knowledge about pipeline safety.
The meetings also took on a new training format where emergency response professionals teamed with operators to work through table-top scenarios of pipeline-related emergencies that could take place in their communities. Together teams answered a series of questions and discussed how they would respond to the event.
Indiana 811 and INPAA Invite Emergency Responders to Spread the Safe Digging Message
Once again this April, Indiana 811 and INPAA are asking fire stations and other emergency responder offices to share safe digging messages within their communities, in recognition of National Safe Digging Month. Participants across the state are invited to submit a picture of their stations promoting safe digging for a chance to win a donation for their organization. The first 100 organizations to submit a picture of their marquee or social media post with a “call before you dig” message will receive a $50 donation. In addition, $200 grand prizes will be awarded to the entries that are most creative, include the best social media post, contain the best 811 messaging and best overall. To enter this year’s contest, fire stations should submit their photo, station name and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 30. Contact Chuck Muller at email@example.com with any questions.
Congratulations to #makethecall Winner Justin Shaffer!
Vectren and Indiana 811 congratulate Justin Shaffer of Decatur, Ind., for winning the grand prize in the “Make the Call” app competition hosted by Common Ground Alliance (CGA) and Phillips 66 Pipeline, LLC. The app gave users the chance to make predictions and “good calls” while watching the Big Game a few weeks ago. Users competed in answering questions about the game, such as “Which player would catch the opening kick-off?” and “How many yards would the first punt be returned?” After answering the questions, participants received pipeline safety messages about calling 811. Justin was the winner of the grand prize, which was a Disney gift card worth $8,500.
Indiana 811 Celebrates Nathan’s Day
Indiana 811 recently had the honor of celebrating 811’s biggest fan, Nathan, a local 13-year-old boy from South Bend, Ind., who is very passionate about 811, color-code flags and locating. In recognition of him, Indiana 811 and USIC partnered to host “Nathan’s Day,” during which Nathan and his family received a tour of the call center and completed test locating on-site. Nathan was also presented with various locating-themed gifts, thanks to donations from USIC, SPX and one call centers nationwide, including Alabama 811, Colorado 811, Indiana 811, MISS Dig System, Inc., New Mexico 811, Okie 811 and Diggers Hotline, Inc. Among his gifts was a brand-new locator, donated by SPX.