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Fire in the sky

Five area fire departments went back to school Saturday to learn the problems and procedures for handling liquified petroleum gas incidents and how to safely extinguish a propane fire.

The LEPC (Local Emergency Planning Commission) and the Missouri Propane Gas Association sponsored instructors from the University of Missouri-Columbia (Fire and Rescue Training Institute) to teach a 12 hour course on the properties of propane and how it reacts; water hose line techniques; basic firefighting skills; and then making an attack on an actual LP bobtail tank fire holding 500 gallons of propane (pictured above). Six teams rotated in handling the deliberately set propane fire.

The firefighters that completed the 12 hour course will receive a certificate. The propane was donated by Nash Gas of Dearborn. The fire districts who participated were Central Platte Fire District, Dearborn Fire District, Edgerton-Trimble Fire District, South Central Buchanan Fire District, and Camden Point Fire District. The course was held at North Platte High School in Dearborn.