By Wayne Gray, 377th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
/ Published June 30, 2021
The Defense Logistics Agency hosts a spill prevention exercise and bulk fuels facility walk thru on Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico on June 29, 2021. The training consists of hands on operations of equipment, procedures and protocols for handling hazardous leaks, and ended with a 5 gallon, 30 gallon, and 55 gallon spill demonstration using water. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wayne Gray)
The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) partnered with Kirtland’s environmental professionals to host its annual spill prevention exercise. This training is open to all base personnel that are either a part of a spill response team or handle spills reports, petroleum, oils, and lubricants on a regular basis. The training covered operation and maintenance of equipment; discharge procedure protocols; applicable pollution control laws; rules and regulations; general facility operations; spill prevention plan and ended with a Bulk Fuels Facility (BFF) walk through and spill demonstration.
Large containers of water were brought to the BFF and used to simulate spills demonstrating to the exercise participants what a 5 gallon, 30 gallon, and 55 gallon spill looks like as it absorbs into the dirt. A check on learning was conducted ensuring trainees knew what to do in the event of a spill.
The advantages of an effective spill prevention exercise is that it equips response personnel with the knowledge and skills to prevent, mitigate and act in the event of a spill, and decreases the likelihood of hazardous leaks and contamination of water.
This requirement can generally be met through the KAFB SPCC Plan & Spill Prevention Training available on TEACH.