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Blue Bell Aquatic Center Held Emergency Drill for Staff

On Monday, June 19, 2023, the Blue Bell Aquatic Center (BBAC) conducted an in-service training. The drill consisted of smoke filling the chemical room at the BBAC, creating toxic gases, and activating the fire alarm system. Unaware of the drill, the staff were expected to use the training and skills they had been taught.

Tammy Jaster, Aquatics Superintendent stated, “We were excited to work with the various emergency entities to simulate a drill at the BBAC.  This was an opportunity for our young lifeguard staff to experience what could really happen, how they would handle it, how they should handle it, and what to expect from other emergency responders coming to assist.”

firefighters preparing to enter a building while being evaluated during a drill

The purpose of the drill was to:

  • Test staff’s ability to not be complacent and respond to unexpected events
  • Expand staff knowledge of the threats to the facility
  • Test the ability of first responders to respond to incidents at the BBAC
  • Test the ability of Dispatch to communicate with first responders

“It was a pleasure to coordinate this drill and work with everyone for a successful outcome.” said Brian  Brian Scheffer, Brenham Fire Department, Assistant Chief/EMC.

group picture of firefighters, lifeguards, and ems staff in front of a fire truck and ambulance in front of the aquatic center building

The drill participants included BBAC staff, City of Brenham Maintenance Department, Brenham Fire Department, Brenham Police Department, Washington County EMS, Washington County Dispatch, Washington County Office of Emergency Management, and City of Brenham Emergency Management. And, special thanks to Papa John’s for providing pizza for the participants.