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Firefighters train in tackling propane fires

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The session is preparing emergency responders on how to work with other agencies in putting out the highly flammable gas. (Source: MSNewsNow Photog Eric Fowler) The session is preparing emergency responders on how to work with other agencies in putting out the highly flammable gas. (Source: MSNewsNow Photog Eric Fowler)
FLOWOOD, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Battling fires is not routine for fire fighters. Various chemicals demand different methods. Tuesday firefighters in Rankin county got hands on training in tackling propane fires.

The session is preparing emergency responders on how to work with other agencies in putting out the highly flammable gas.

Firefighters from Flowood, Pearl and Rankin county walked behind a shield of water as they advanced on flames shooting from a 1,000 gallon propane storage tank. The Live Tank Fire and Propane Truck Fire exercise took place in the parking lot of Trustmark Park.

The agencies practiced approaching and extinguishing the highly volatile gas. Instructors with the Mississippi State Fire Academy are teaching firefighters the proper methods, using two attack lines and one safety line.

"The instructors will take the students in and show them how to actually block a valve, push the fire away from the tank and shut the valve off to stop that fire if they get in a situation where it is safe to do so," said Shannon Sandridge wIth the Mississippi State Fire Academy.

The three session propane course is funded by a grant from the State Fire Academy. Another exercise was putting out a burning propane delivery tank.

While propane fires are not common, officials say they are extremely dangerous. Tanks containing the chemical can be found in our neighborhoods, from grills to heating units and being transported around the clock.

"Most of the time it's gonna create an explosive hazard when it is on fire. Immediately what we want to do is try to isolate the incident, evacuate the area, establish a water supply and try to fight these fires with copious amounts of water," said Pearl Fire Dept. Asst. Chief Brad Thornton.

This exercise also gives firefighters from Flowood and Pearl training hours, as well as an opportunity to bond and learn to work together when responding to an emergency.

The final training session will be held Wednesday night in the parking lot of Trustmark Park.

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