The Radford Army Ammunition Plant hosted its quarterly community meeting Wednesday evening at the Christiansburg Library. It’s the first meeting for the new commander, Lt. Colonel Anthony Kazor.
During the community meeting, Lt. Kazor and the BAE Systems Safety, Health and Environment Manager gave an update on the June 6 fire.
“This was an unfortunate event,” said Cara Bandera, the BAE Systems Safety, Health, and Environment Manager. “At BAE Systems, our goal is that every employee go home exactly how they showed up that day, so we do take this very seriously.”
The fire occurred in a mix-house production building that morning.
According to the presentation, one employee was transported to a local hospital and was released later that day. The injured employee has returned to work.
Three firefighters were also injured during the fire.
Mixing operations are currently and will remain down while the company works to understand what exactly happened on June 6. The company says “appropriate corrective actions have been taken” as a result of the fire.
“Once we understand what happened, then we’re working with our safety and engineering teams to determine corrective actions that will mitigate future incidents,” said Lt. Colonel Kazor.
According to personnel, the investigation into the fire is still ongoing.
Those who attended the event were glad to see transparency at the meeting.
“Otherwise things happen more through, let’s say, the rumor mill, and you don’t know exactly what’s happening. And their willingness to open up and say this is what happened and this is what we’re doing about it is something that lends to more trust between the community and them,” said Emily Templeton.
During the meeting, the commander also spoke about the work being done to reduce the plant’s emissions and the plans for a new energetic waste incinerator. This plan could be up and running in 2023.
The next quarterly community meeting is scheduled for December 11.