September 24, 2018

Natural Gas and Propane Emergencies

Natural Gas and Propane Emergencies

Course Description
A natural gas or propane emergencies can happen inside a structure. They can result in odors or leaks in buildings, gas lines that have been compromised or even a catastrophic explosion with fire. Response to gas leaks can last from several minutes to several hours. Leaks inside of a structure pose a far greater risk than those outside. Responders must recognize the severity of the incident and be prepared to eliminate or control the hazards. The program will review the characteristics and behaviors of natural gas and propane and provide information on gas distribution systems, the unpredictability of gas leaks, the best practices for dealing with them.

Course Structure
This course will be delivered entirely in a class room environment with a combination of lecture, discussion, individual and small group break out exercises. Simulated incidents are supervised and monitored by the instructional staff.

Course duration
This program is presented as a 1-2 day offering.

Prerequisites
None

The Goal
The program will review in details the behaviors of natural gas and propane. The unpredictability of gas leaks, the best practices and standard operating procedures for gas and propane emergencies, gas detection and monitoring devices, and the role of gas meters in addressing emergencies will be covered in detail.

Objectives
Upon completion of this program the student will be able to:
• Be able to formulate a standard operating guideline for propane and natural gas emergencies.
• Be able to identify the inherent hazards of natural gas and propane.
• Be able to develop a strategic plan incorporating a strong risk assessment to mitigate the problem presented.
• Be able to make tactical decisions consistent with the strategic plan and risk assessment.
• Provide a strong command presence possibly within a unified command structure.

Topics
• Gas Detection Practices
• Escaping Natural Gas Outside a Building
• Gas piping and Meters
• Gas Burning Outside A Structure
• Appliance Fires
• Structure Fires with An Active Gas Leak
• Gas in Sewers or Manholes
• Case Study Review of LODD incidents

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