On February 27, 2019, Iowa Fertilizer Company conducted a site-wide Emergency Response Drill. The drill lasted approximately two hours and included support from off-site emergency responders and agencies as well as our in-house Emergency Response Team. The drill simulated the unexpected release of certain chemicals we regularly use in our manufacturing process. Our policy of escorting and accompanying delivery drivers throughout the offloading process, as well as maintaining clear labeling of our pipes and robust safety procedures, makes this scenario highly unlikely to occur at our facility. However, it provides our responders with the hands-on experience to grow our skills and improve our response procedures.
Iowa Fertilizer Company would like to thank all of those who were able to attend and participate in our 2019 Site Drill. It is our goal to incorporate local responders and other agencies in our drills, to continue to improve our emergency response capabilities. The best way to learn is to train with the people we would work with in the event of an actual emergency. There are always opportunities to improve and, additionally, we achieved a number of successful outcomes during the drill. We are committed to maintaining an exceptional working relationship with our local responders. The comments and suggestions brought forward from this drill are highly appreciated and vital to our collective success.
In addition to our own IFCo Emergency Response Team, the outside agencies who participated in the drill were:
Wever Fire Department
Denmark Fire Department
Iowa Army Ammunition Plant
Henderson County, Illinois board
Lee County Emergency Management
Fort Madison Fire Department
Lee County HAZMAT
Fort Madison Community Hospital
Lee County Sheriff’s Office
Great River Hospital
Burlington Fire Department
Hancock County, Illinois Emergency Management
If you have any questions about IFCo, our safety drills, or anything else, please do not hesitate to contact Jesse Harris at 515-422-9296. Thank you!