Kevin Tschosik, Basin Electric manager of distributed generation, said the meeting was held to familiarize local emergency responders with the plant’s layout and staff.
Basin Electric Power Cooperative
- July 20, 2012
|Meeting for emergency responders
held at Deer Creek Station July 18.
More than 40 emergency response professionals including ambulance crews, firefighters and law enforcement, attended a meeting at Deer Creek Station, Basin Electric’s combined-cycle power plant located in Brookings County, SD, on July 18.
Kevin Tschosik, Basin Electric manager of distributed generation, said the meeting was held to familiarize local emergency responders with the plant’s layout and staff. “We reviewed the plant’s emergency procedures with the responders, looking at the onsite activities and pertaining to the natural gas pipeline that was built from the Northern Border Pipeline to the plant site,” Tschosik said. “We held the meeting for Basin Electric staff and the surrounding responders and official to become familiar with each other.”
The group received a plant tour, focusing on the plant layout and travel routes in case of an emergency. “We wanted them to see where the gates are, which entrance would be best to use. We want them well-prepared if they ever need to respond,” Tschosik said.
Construction at the Deer Creek Station began in July 2010. The 300-net megawatt, natural gas-fueled plant is scheduled to go into commercial operation in August.