Thompson Pump Deploys Emergency Specialists To Clean Up Gulf Oil

When disaster strikes, it’s nearly always without warning–and the speed of the response can be vital to its success. This summer, within a few days of the incident on the Deepwater Horizon, Thompson Pump’s Emergency Response Team mobilized to the Gulf Coast to provide pumping equipment, supplies, manpower and a wealth of tactical knowledge to areas devastated by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

A 40-year veteran in disaster relief, Thompson Pump has facilitated numerous cleanup efforts over the years, including the Exxon Valdez oil spill of 1989. Members of the specialized Emergency Response Team (ERT) are trained to respond quickly and effectively to major catastrophes.

Once the extent and location of the potential damages were ascertained, Thompson Pump began supplying pumps and equipment throughout areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida currently or imminently impacted by the oil spill. Thompson’s ERT is currently skimming in both deep and shallow waters throughout the Gulf as well as in rivers and streams in the bayous and marshes in order to help minimize the devastation. As many as one hundred pumps, along with hoses and specialized skimming devices, are slated to facilitate oil containment, recovery and transfer.

“Although this challenge is significant and extensive, Thompson Pump has the experience and equipment necessary to assist in the long-term restoration of our waters and our shoreline,” says Bill Thompson, president of Thompson Pump. “We are allocating enormous resources to attack this problem with the intention of enabling the citizens in the affected areas to resume their normal lives as quickly as possible.”

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