LEPC Minutes

The Oxford County Local Emergency Planning Committee met on May 31, 2022 at Paris Fire Department

I. Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 4:02 PM by Chair Teresa Glick.

II. Facility of the Year Award 2021

Stephens Memorial Hospital was presented with the 2021 Facility of the Year Award for their outstanding efforts in response to a full evacuation of their facility when smoke filled a wing of the hospital last September. PACE Ambulance, Norway Fire Department and Paris Fire Department were also recognized for their great work in establishing a Unified Command with the hospital and coordinating the evacuation and transport of patients to other hospitals.

III. Approval of Minutes

Geff Inman motioned to approve the minutes from February. Dick Knight seconded the motion.

Vote: Approved

a. Treasurers Report

Geff Inman motioned to approve the Treasurers reports February. Dick Knight seconded the motion.

Vote: Approved

b. Chemical Spill Report

The committee reviewed the spill reports for 2022. Many of the spills occurring during that quarter were fuel products spilled from vehicles, with the exception of a hydraulic fluid spill at the Rumford Mill.

c. Training and Events Scheduled for June/July/August

The committee reviewed the training and event schedule. Hazmat classes are wrapping up for the Summer. The Maine Prepares Conference is scheduled for the end of August.

IV. Old Business

d. Hazardous Materials Training Update

Classes are wrapping up for the summer and instructors are halfway through a full operations course in Fryeburg, which is supporting a Firefighter I&II course. Training has gone well this spring and seems to be back on schedule after COVID delays. Chief Andy Dufresne of Fryeburg has joined the instructor team and is starting to team teach with the other instructors.

e. Tier II Reports

The committee reviewed the list of received Tier II Reports. There are a few reports missing still for the 2021 reporting year, and Teresa will try to reach out to those facilities again. Some CN Brown facilities that have reported in the past are no longer reporting, and so far there has been no response from the company about if those sites are still in operation.

V. New Business

f. Change to LEPC Stipend Year

The SERC decided to extend the next year of stipends (July-June) by three months to align with other grant cycles the state manages. The 2022-2023 stipends will run from July 2022 through September 2023. This change should not be an issue for training funds as very little training occurs over the Summer months, if at all.

g. Revised SERC Training Grant Application

The SERC has made a few changes to the training grant applications. All applications must be received by the state 30 days prior to the start of training, and any classes with less than 8 people will not be reimbursed. The state will now pay for confined space training for state teams.

h. Rumford Power Ammonia Delivery

Rumford Police Chief Tony Milligan told the group about the pre-planning and training put into place for a real world ammonia delivery at Rumford Power. The group captured some lessons learned from the training, such as communication issues from the site to the command post due to terrain.

i. Location and Timing of Next Meeting

The next meeting will be on August 30, 2022 at 4pm, at Rumford Power.

j. Adjournment

Mark Blaquiere motioned to adjourn the meeting. Geff Inman seconded the motion.

Vote: Approved

The meeting ended at 4:58 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Teresa Glick

LEPC Chair