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Natural Gas Leak
Monday, October 19, 2020

At 10:22am on Monday, October 19, 2020, the Ocean Pines Vol. Fire Department was alerted for a propane or natural gas leak in The Parke. At the time of dispatch, Ocean Pines Tower 11 and Showell Engine 803 were facilitating a Fire Prevention activity at MBS on Rt 589 and both apparatus responded to the scene.

Ocean Pines Fire Fighter/Paramedic Sullivan along with Engine 1102 were first on scene and confirmed an active natural gas leak. Upon arriving, Chief Grunewald established command and requested an immediate response from Sandpiper Energy to repair the damaged gas line. Engine 1102 deployed their front bumper line, and a water supply was established.

Initial attempts by Sandpiper Energy to stop the leak were unsuccessful which resulted in an extended incident, and the need to request additional manpower to the scene from Berlin VFD and a standby crew to cover other calls in Ocean Pines from Ocean City VFC.

Due to extended operations (approx. five hours on scene), rehabilitation efforts were put into place by command; bringing cold water and other refreshments to the scene for fire department members as well as the crew from Sandpiper Energy. After further planning and investigating, the gas company was able to contain the leak, and the scene was turned over to Sandpiper Energy to complete repairs of the broken line.

Always remember to call 811/Miss Utility before you dig and as we saw in this incident, emergencies can happen when we least expect it. Proper emergency planning is crucial to ensuring safety for all involved!

Units on Scene: Ocean Pines Engines 1101, 1102, Tower 11, Command 11, 1100 A1, FP 11, Showell Engine 803 and Berlin Engine 604. Ocean City Engine 7-5 (Ocean Pines South Station)

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