Clarendon Hills, Hinsdale host joint emergency training exercise
Updated: October 2, 2012 9:33AM
The villages of Clarendon Hills and Hinsdale hosted a joint table-top emergency training exercise on Sept. 4. The event was design to facilitate improved cooperation and planning in the event of an actual emergency that would require response from both communities.
In the exercise, the two communities walked through a hypothetical response to a train derailment that impacted Route 83 and had indications of a chemical leak from a rail car. This type of scenario would require an emergency response from both Clarendon Hills and Hinsdale, along with assistance from regional authorities. As part of the table top drill, staff from each municipality worked through various phases of the emergency response process and how they would coordinate efforts between both communities. Staff from all village departments from both communities took part in the exercise along with representatives from DuPage County Emergency Management.
Staff members in both communities are trained in the National Incident Management System, which is a federal protocol for incident response that has standardized components while being flexible and scalable to meet the needs of individual incidents.
Hinsdale Assistant Fire Chief Tim McElroy and Clarendon Hills Deputy Fire Chief Roger Krupp worked together to develop the incident scenario and lead the exercise. Both communities will evaluate the exercise and determine if there are any areas of improvement to ensure a smooth response in the event of an emergency.