Canoga Park Gas Explosion Drill – Aug. 27, 2016

CANOGA PARK, CA. With the recent drama surrounding the Aliso Canyon gas leak in Porter Ranch and reminiscent of the San Bruno gas explosion, the Canoga Park Neighborhood Council and the Valley Bureau CERT Coordinators decided to conduct a full functional drill centered around a gas line explosion.

In preparation for the incident, Grossman Burn Center conducted a Just in Time Training for the CERT members and as the training and briefing was completed, sounds of an explosion could be heard and the CERT members along with ACS found an alley way, almost a city block long, littered with debris and victims.

This drill presented a scenario that was outside of the typical earthquake drill and presented a major challenge for the CERT Search and Rescue (SAR) teams, accompanied by an Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS) member as their communications member, began a survey of the blast area.

As the SAR teams were […]