Ensuring the safe use of propane is our industry’s top goal every day. The safe handling of propane always comes first, from the heating of residential and commercial buildings, to powering irrigation engines, commercial lawn mowers and forklifts, to the use of propane autogas fuel in fleets nationwide.
Training first responders to safely deal with propane incidents is an essential part of that work. It usually doesn’t generate headlines. It’s not real sexy. But it is vital nonetheless.
Just last month Poughkeepsie, N.Y.-based Star Gas Products coordinated with the Fire Science Department at Dutchess Community College to present eight fire training sessions for more than 160 firefighters. The training included sessions on propane properties, tactics of handling an incident, and a view of a bobtail cutaway showing the inner workings of a truck.
The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) works with state propane organizations to sponsor responders’ conferences that combine classroom training with hands-on field work. In addition to first responders, many propane marketers attend the conferences providing opportunities for networking and learning from one another.
PERC is a cosponsor of two industry responders’ conferences planned for June in New York and North Carolina. On June 1-2, the North Carolina Propane Gas Association will hold a responders’ conference in Raleigh, N.C. Learn more. On June 11-12, the New York Propane Gas Association and the New York Propane Education & Research Council will hold a responders’ conference in the New York State Academy of Fire Science in Montour Falls, N.Y. Learn more.
And there are more responders’ conferences coming up. The Texas Propane Gas Association is scheduled to host a session September 23-34 at the TEEX-Brayton Training Field in College Station, Texas, and the Georgia Propane Gas Association will host a session October 1-2 in the Georgia Public Training Center in Forsyth, Ga.
Please get in touch with Stuart Flatow, PERC vice president of safety & training, at 202-452-8975 to learn more about responders’ conferences.