Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000290
Received: 9/25/2013 6:18:47 PM
Commenter: David LaFave
Organization: Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue
Agency: Cowlitz County, the Washington Department of Ecology, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview EIS
Attachments: No Attachments
September 25, 2013
Millennium EIS Scoping Comments from Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue
The following comments are being provided by the Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue (C2F&R). These comments are concerns that may have a direct impact on our ability to provide adequate emergency services both within the Fire District service area as well as areas we provide mutual and automatic aid to neighboring jurisdictions, primarily the City of Longview:
1. What impact will increased train traffic have on emergency response in the following areas:
a. Life safety and property protection due to blocked response routes.
b. Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescues Board of Commissioners adopted Standard of Cover emergency response times to address all types of response areas within the 160 square mile service area of C2F&R. This includes our partnership with the Longview Fire Department to provide services to the industrial area along the Columbia River water front. The adopted standard for a structure fire within the urban and industrial area is that the first engine will arrive within 8 minutes or less 90% of the time and a full first alarm assignment will arrive within 11 minutes or less 90% of the time.
For Emergency Medical Services (EMS), C2F&R has adopted the standard that the first arriving Advanced Life Support (ALS) unit will arrive within the urban and industrial area within 8 minutes or less 90% of the time.
2. What impact will a coal fire have on the safety of citizens, employees, first responders and the environment given the current level of fire department resources?
a. The physical layout of the site as it relates to coal storage and access. The height of stock piles and physical layout of the operating area can have an impact on the ability of resources to access areas either involved in fire or other emergency incidents such as calls for emergency medical services.
b. The onsite capability of facility personnel and fixed systems to provide maximum opportunity to minimize the impact of emergency calls at the site.
c. Provision of specialized training, equipment and monitoring to provide efficient response to incidents occurring as a result of product storage, shipping and transfer on, to or from the facility. Also, the chemistry and byproducts of combustion related to the specific coal (Powder River Basin) intended as the bulk product to be handled and the possible associated health hazards.