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Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow Deal with the crews & the Power Plant Alarm - Tuesday, Dec. 26 (LAS)

The Winter Site Manager, Andy Martinez, and I made a deal with the RPSC work crews.  If they can go 5 weeks without a safety incident, will take on any haircut they want to give us.  The deal starts today.

We got up this morning and attempted to make phone calls to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! We got a lot of answering machines, for the most part.  We did have a nice conversation with Jason’s dad, my brother, and my mom.  While we were on the phone with my mom, the alarm in the building started sounding.  With a real quick “gotta go - love ya, bye”, I hung up the phone and darted to my office to get my yellow hat, monitoring equipment, and clipboard that allows go to an emergency site with me. Jason took off to don his bunker gear.

We all knew that a MCI (mass casualty drill) was supposed to happen in December and a lot of us thought this was it (given it was the last week of Dec.)  As I was running down the beer can, I just kept thinking “say it’s a drill!  say it’s a drill!” — the sweet words that always follow an alarm when it is a planned drill).  I was down the beer can and in view of the tunnel in front of the power plant within 2 minutes of the alarm sounding.  I could see Scotty, the mechanical supervisor standing outside the plant looking in awe at the plant entrance.  My next thought was “He isn’t that good of an actor.”  When I came through the doors to the plant and saw smoke coming out the doors, my next thought was “OH S_ _T!”

With that, we went into full ER mode.  It was a crazy response that lasted from 0900-1630.  By the end of the day, we had 5 people who had to sit on oxygen for a while due to smoke/vapor inhalation, 14 barrels (55 gallon drums) of glycol/water to pour back into our system, a pipe blown off one of the power generators that now needed repair, no back-up generator, ER supplies strewn about the bar, and a very exhausted crew.

As it turns out, lots of people thought it was a drill for quite a while, which made it a little wierd from the get-go.  It was mostly people who didn’t see what we had the pleasure of witnessing…a ton of smoke…and 4″of glycol on the floor in some areas.  All things considered, we made it through ok — lots of lessons were learned, but I am thankful that things weren’t worse for us.

-LAS

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