Firemen from all over the county went to Fire School on Saturday in efforts to prepare for a variety of difficult situations.
Perry Township Fire Department hosted a propane emergency responders class for it students. Instructors say the skills learned at the demonstration are commonly used in real life situations.
"If a house is on fire some place and there is a propane tank in the vicinity," said Propane Emergency Responder Trainer, Bob Herron. The firemen can safely get to propane tank and turn off the supply of gas so they can fight the fire in the house and they no longer have to worry about flow of gas coming from the tank to the house."
The students not only performed hands on training, but also endured a rigorous classroom session to ensure safe practices.
"This morning we had three hours of basic principals and basic knowledge of propane and propane equipment, then this afternoon we tied that in with this live burn demonstration, " said Herron.
Ohio Propane Gas sponsored the classroom portion of the day, while the Energy Cooperative sponsored the live burn demonstration. These classes are given annually in Muskingum County and are often required for EMS crews and firemen to keep their licenses. There was another fire training exercise at Zemba Farm focusing on evacuations, we’ll have the full story on Sunday.