Propane Industry Continues Its Commitment To Community Safety


First of Four Regional "Train the Trainer" Seminars for Emergency Response Community


June 28, 2000

College Park, MD- In its continuing effort to make communities safer, the Propane Education & Research Council (the Council) and the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) today conducted the first of four "Train-the-Trainer" seminars for fire service instructors and propane marketers at the Maryland Fire & Rescue Institute in College Park.

While virtually all fire departments and academies are trained on a regular basis throughout the year, the propane industry is working in partnership with the emergency response community as well as propane marketers nationwide to make propane safety and training a more integral part of fire service training programs.

"The key to propane safety in the community is getting the word out about this training program and cultivating partnerships with local propane marketers," said Derrick Clouston, fire and rescue training specialist for the North Carolina Office of State Fire Marshals.

Approximately 80 qualified fire service instructors and emergency responders from the Maryland area as well as across the country attended the one-day propane safety and training seminar.

Propane marketers from Carroll Independent Fuel of Baltimore, MD were also on hand to support the program, and offered their continued support for future training programs with emergency responders. "We want to help increase awareness of this propane safety and training program among the industry," said Ashton Menefee, general manager for Carroll Independent Fuel.

The "Train the Trainer" seminars are part of a major propane industry funded safety program called Propane Emergencies (PE). Propane Emergencies is the first comprehensive program to help the nation's emergency responders and firefighters develop the knowledge and hands-on skills vital to safely and effectively manage a propane emergency.

Hazardous Materials Specialists Mike Hildebrand, Mike Callan, and Greg Noll introduced attendees at the seminar to the curriculum, which features Propane Emergencies, a 220-page, illustrated text book written by Hildebrand and Noll. All instructors in attendance received a free copy of the textbook, facilitator's guide, and support materials.

Roy Willis, president of the Council, explained the value of the program to firefighters, emergency responders and communities nationwide. "Educating the emergency response community about the proper handling of propane is vital to making communities safer," said Willis. "The Council is pleased to be able to bring such a comprehensive and beneficial training program to the fire service community."

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