PG&E Command Van
"On January 25th, 2012 at 1000 hours, a pickup truck drives off the roadway on Barber Court (Milpitas) and impacts the PG&E pipeline control valve. The impact causes an immediate natural gas release at very high pressure. The two occupants of the vehicle are injured but able to extricate themselves from the vehicle. They remain on the sidewalk about 100 feet away from their vehicle. Multiple calls start coming into the 911 Communications Center indicating they hear a loud noise and a strong smell of natural gas."
So says the exercise plan for a multi agency drill in Milpitas today. Milpitas Fire, Police and Public Works, CHP, PG&E and County EMS participated in the drill, designed to simulae a gas main break with a 35" pipeline running at 600psi.
Incident Command included the Milpitas Fire Department Command Unit, and PG&E's Freightliner Sprinter Mobile Command rig.
For more images from this exercise check out YourFireDepartment.org, Gas Pipeline