JCP&L Holds Its First Emergency Responder Safety Training Program in Lakewood

PHOTO: Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) yesterday evening conducted a new electrical safety training program in Lakewood for emergency first responders throughout the company’s northern and central New Jersey service areas.

The program was announced earlier this year as part of a series of new operational practices to provide additional safety information to municipal officials about power restoration efforts during significant storm events. 

The program, conducted by JCP&L safety supervisor Bill Stevenson, included personnel as well as emergency medical technicians training when responding to downed power lines and other emergencies involving electrical equipment and facilities.

Copies of JCP&L’s emergency responders’ electric safety kit were distributed at the training program as well. which included:

  • A video entitled “Electricity – Recognizing and Avoiding the Hazards”
  • A DVD detailing JCP&L’s storm restoration process
  • A PowerPoint presentation and supplemental booklet for emergency responders
  • Suggested guidelines for developing standard operating procedures for emergency situations when electrical facilities are involved
  • A facilitator’s guide containing helpful tips on effectively presenting safety training to police, fire and emergency medical technician organizations

 “The emergency responders’ electrical safety kit was created based on the feedback JCP&L received from emergency management and municipal officials,” said JCP&L safety supervisor Bill Stevenson. “The communities we serve ultimately will benefit from this comprehensive program since first responders will be better trained to handle emergency situations involving electricity.” TLS.

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13 COMMENTS

  1. i guess fire fighters do not respond to power line issues because we were not invited. nor were our line officers. so who exactly were the ” emergency responders” ??????

  2. It was a overview for the people in charge of their respected departments what JCPL will be providing them to give their officers, responders, firefighters etc…….

  3. You know it’s real nice that this program is provided but why were’nt any of lakewood’s first responders notified of this course.
    The firefighter and emt’s of lakewood were never notified of this training.

  4. There were no Lakewood Fire Chiefs there..that is what we are talking about..We are the Primary First responders in lakewood for an emergency..but look no one notified us of this training..that is why we are so mad about training we should get and DON”T

  5. I thought this presentation was for the local towns Office of Emergency Management personnel? If firefighters want addition info ask your Chiefs to set up a class or drill with power company officials.

  6. What….Lakewood has an OEM? Well where were they during the hurricane and snow storm. Why did we not hear anything from our OEM, why didn’t lakewood have an emergency operation center open up like all the other towns? All of the years being in Lakewood I never seen OEM activated.

  7. number 7 no where does it say for OEM it says first responders over and over , but yet not one ems fd lpd were there . not the ems supervisor not the fire chiefs of police so what good was this class ? and further more who attended it ??? who are the people in that room ? are they going to tell me what to do while i am dealing with a person trapped in a car with power lines on it , while its on fire screaming i am going to die ? because that happened 2 years ago !!!!

  8. they may not have told lfd but the parking lot was filled with trfd vehicles it seemed when i went by there. i was wondering why trfd was in lkwd.

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