Propane Industry Partners with Colorado Fire Service to Promote Community Safety Through Propane Training Seminar

[October 23, 2000]

Arvada, CO - Together with the Colorado Propane Education & Research Council, the Colorado Department of Fire Safety, and Conoco, Inc. (an international energy company), the Propane Education & Research Council (the Council) and the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) are hosting a training seminar on propane safety. Geared primarily to emergency responders, attendees will also include government agencies, propane marketers and private industry in Colorado. The seminar, one of four sponsored by the Council and NPGA, has attracted participants from seven states, and will be held on October 25 at the Arvada Fire Training Facility in Arvada, CO.
The "Train the Trainer" seminars are designed to provide training instructors with the tools to deliver propane-specific training to those who may be called upon to handle propane incidents. The program also encourages emergency responders to work with local retail propane marketers in pre-planning activities, plant tours and joint community safety efforts.

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

The "Train the Trainer" seminars are part of a major propane industry funded safety program called Propane Emergencies (PE). This effort includes a 220-page illustrated textbook authored by hazardous materials specialists Mike Hildebrand and Greg Noll, a Facilitator's Guide authored by training specialist Mike Callan (which includes a training video, lesson plans, and PowerPoint® slides), and a dedicated web site, Propane Emergencies is the first comprehensive program to help the nation's emergency responders and firefighters safely respond to propane incidents.

At this one-day seminar, program authors Mike Hildebrand, Mike Callan, and Greg Noll will introduce attendees to the curriculum, and provide training techniques for effectively using the Propane Emergencies material. All those attending the seminar will receive a free copy of the program text, Facilitator's Guide, and support materials.

Ward Barnett, a loss prevention specialist at Conoco's Denver refinery, Mark Schuman, training coordinator for Colorado's Division of Fire Safety and Chuck Madison, executive director of the Colorado Propane Gas Association, helped organize the event with the Council and NPGA. The session expects to attract more than 100 fire service instructors, propane marketers, government officials and other organizations from Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Iowa, Texas, Nebraska and Colorado.

"This one-day session will provide intensive instruction for training specialists in proper handling of propane incidents by the emergency response community, as well as anyone else called to respond to a propane incident," said Ward Barnett, a loss prevention specialist at Conoco's Denver refinery.

The mission of the Propane Education & Research Council is to promote the safe, efficient use of odorized propane gas as a preferred energy source. For more information about the Council, please call 202-452-8975 or visit their web site at

The National Propane Gas Association is the national trade association for the U.S. propane gas industry. With a membership of more than 3,800 companies in all 50 states, 38 affiliated state or regional associations, and members in 28 foreign countries, NPGA represents every segment of the propane industry. For additional information, please contact NPGA at (630) 515-0600 or visit their web site at

For more information on the Propane Emergencies program, please visit