National Grid, Schenectady first responders conduct simulated gas leak exercise


SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A joint training exercise in Schenectady simulated a real life gas leak.

National Grid, the Schenectady Fire Department, and Schenectady Police Department conducted the exercise near 10th Avenue and Congress Street in the Mont Pleasant area. The exercise was used to evaluate their response and exchange between agencies.

It consisted of a simulated gas leak caused by a private contractor who inadvertently struck a buried gas line.

National Grid Spokesperson Patrick Stella said they aim to make the two-hour production as real as possible.

“These kinds of things are really good to keep us in practice to know who the players are, who we need to contact, how we work with each other, and how a scenario like this may happen if it did happen in real life,” he said.

No actual gas was released, but people in the area were informed of the drill by rapid telephone notification.

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