SLO County plans multi-agency emergency drill for crude oil train derailment

As San Luis Obispo County residents debate a Phillips 66 proposal to bring crude oil to its Nipoma Mesa refinery by rail, a county task force of emergency and law enforcement agencies will perform exercises simulating a crude oil train derailment on Wednesday.

The exercise will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the California Men’s Colony off Highway 1 north of San Luis Obispo. The simulation will include faux structure fires, a structural collapse, a hazardous materials spill, a wildfire and a multi-casualty incident.

The Incident Management Team includes members of Cal Fire, several fire and police departments, SLO County Public Health, the Sheriff’s Office and SLO County Public Works.

Other participants include California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation staff, a SLO County Hazardous Materials Team, SLO County Environmental Health Department, the Air Pollution Control District, SLO County Urban Search and Rescue Team and San Luis Ambulance.

During the drill, local responders will be observed by state experts.