First Responder Pipeline Training

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LOWNDES COUNTY, Miss. (WCBI) – First responders learn how to respond to an emergency involving a pipeline in Lowndes County.

The meeting was held at the Trotter Convention Center today, January 22.

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Participants learned about the agencies that are called out to the scenes and possible health side affects of a leak.

They were also told about different pipeline system types.

Another goal of the meeting is to educate the public about how they can help prevent potential disasters.

“Place a call to 811 before you start doing any excavation out there in the field, including homeowners, because we are all excavators. We have all put in fences, we have all planted a tree, and the state law requires that a call to 811 needs to be made,” says Ken Wilkerson of Paradigm Liaison Services.

The penalty for not calling 811 ranges from $500 to $5,000.

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