Ames National Lab will host Ames Fire Department for training exercises

Ames National Laboratory will host the Ames Fire Department for training exercises at the Metals Development building at 2415 Pammel Drive on the Iowa State University campus over a period of three days, Sept. 20-22. Ames Laboratory personnel and Iowa State University’s Department of Public Safety will participate in the training exercise.

As part of the exercises, the public may see emergency response personnel on Ames National Laboratory property, and Ames Fire Department vehicles and equipment stationed on the east side of Metals Development. Their presence is part of the training exercise, and should not be a cause for concern or alarm.

Emergency response teams will be performing confined space rescue drills inside Metals Development. The Ames Fire Department will respond to the emergency call in non-emergency mode, with no lights or sirens, yet perform a real-time confined space rescue to recover a person posing as a victim of an accident.

“We recently hosted the Ames Fire Department for tours of our facilities, and invited them back to conduct these training sessions,” said Sean Whalen, Director of Environment, Safety and Health for Ames National Laboratory. “These exercises are part of a comprehensive strategy in our emergency response plan, and we welcome the partnership of the AFD in creating opportunities to raise the level of preparedness both for the Lab and for the community.”

Sean Whalen, Director, Environment, Safety and Health, 515-294-4965
Ryan Wyllie, Safety Specialist, Environment, Safety and Health 515-294-9769
Laura Millsaps, Communications Manager, 515-294-3474


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