Marketers, Firefighters Gather in Minnesota to Learn about Propane Emergencies

August 5, 2011

MN IRCPropane marketers and emergency response professionals gathered for a two-day Industry Responders' Conference at Century Technical College in White Bear Lake, Minn., this week to learn from each other about the safe and effective response to propane incidents.

 The conference was sponsored by the Propane Education & Research Council and coordinated by PERC and the Minnesota Propane Association. "This was the fifth responders' conference in the past two years coordinated by PERC and a state propane gas association," Stuart Flatow, PERC vice president in charge of safety and training, said. "Every conference keeps getting better." 

Conference attendees learned about the benefits of the propane industry's Propane Emergencies program and how everyone involved in a propane incident can work together. 

Trainers led live hands-on demonstrations on cargo tank rollover and recovery and product transfer techniques. Various live-fire remediation demonstrations were also part of the program.

The conference included a session on propane autogas featuring bobtails and school buses. Thousands of vehicles operate on propane autogas in the United States, and more than 15 million vehicles run on propane autogas worldwide.

Mike Sheehan is the owner of Sheehan's Gas in Bird Island, Minn., and a member of the Propane Education & Research Council. "This conference has been incredibly valuable in getting propane, firefighter, and towing and recovery professions together to help solve important issues to increase public safety," he said. "I applaud PERC and the Minnesota Propane Association for partnering to bring this program to Minnesota."

Learn more about the Propane Emergencies program at