Crews participate in emergency response training

Ottawa County and Wolverine Pipe Line Co. performed routine training in the Grand River on Nov. 8.

As snow lightly fell Friday morning, emergency crews were dispatched to the Grand River for training.

Wolverine Pipe Line Co. employees performed routine training throughout the morning.

Nick Bonstell, Ottawa County’s director of emergency management services, said they train with oil pipeline partners for functional tests for emergency responses.

Friday’s events were a proactive training set up by Wolverine, Bonstell said.

Staff tested booming capabilities and functions when deployed. The device is used to collect the oil and not allow it to travel downriver, Bonstell explained.

Overall, Bonstell said the training went well, and he noted that crews had to deploy farther upstream than planned because the boat launch at Harbor Island was flooded.

“It’s a good real-life test to see the conditions we’re dealing with on the river,” he said.

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