Locating the scene of an emergency can be difficult at times--especially when the emergency is at an oil rig in rural North Dakota.
In this week's Eye on Energy, Kelli Volk introduces us to a new system for emergency response in the oil field.
You can find oil rigs all over Western North Dakota, but only a few of them will feature an emergency training center on wheels.
This training center on-the-go teaches oil workers how to prepare for an emergency helicopter landing on or near the drilling site--a skill that Rig Fit USA Owner Troy Easton calls an imperative lesson for those working in the oil field.
(Troy Easton, Owner, Rig Fit USA)"Because rural EMS and local EMS is so overwhelmed with all this oil-impacted drilling, their call volumes have shot up 25, 50, 75%. If we were to call an ambulance right now, it would take about an hour for an ambulance to get to this location."
The lesson is taught in this trailer, where Easton teaches crew members about he guidelines when calling for a helicopter.
(Troy Easton, Owner, Rig Fit USA)"We teach them to recognize the severity of injuries, so they can call at the right time and then after the call is made, the proper communication techniques that are so vital to bringing that helicopter in, landing in a safe location, assisting the flight crew after landing.
WPX Energy is Easton's first client--District Drilling Service Manager Duane Joslyn is just as passionate about bringing safety to the oil field.
(Duane Joslyn, District Drilling Service Manager, WPX Energy)"We are the first to bring this kind of training to our employees who work for us--on the rigs and other places."
But going over the guidelines is only half of the exercise.
The other half includes the crew members heading outside for an actual demonstration.
While this training is a fresh, new idea, Easton hopes it will eventually thrive in the oil industry.
(Troy Easton, Owner, Rig Fit USA)"North Dakota's our breeding ground for bringing these standards together so we can implement these strategies."
Near New Town, Kelli Volk, KX News.
Rig Fit USA will continue to consult with WPX in the upcoming months to monitor the impact of the training.