PINEVILLE, La. (KALB) - A community awareness and emergency response drill was led Wednesday by P&G's site security leader Jerry Edwards.
The exercise allowed emergency response personnel in the plant, and first responders from the city to work together. This year Alpine Fire Department, Pineville Fire Department, Acadian Ambulance and the Rapides Parish Sherriff Office were part of the drill.
One employee played a person injured by the simulated explosion, but most were unaware of Wednesday's drill.
“We wanted it to be more of a surprise to the employees so that they would be able to respond to a real-life situation," said Aiesha Wright, P&G HR Personnel Manager. "The managers were made aware so that they could do the proper preparations, but the entire sight will evacuate and be a part of it."
The third largest P&G sight in the country, Wright said there are often 900 employees on site during any given day.