Monday, April 07 2008 @ 11:30 PM EDT
Contributed by: CBrining
The Elwood Fire Company attended a Live Propane Drill at the Hammonton Fire Company #2 on Monday night. After a class on propane and it's properties, we worked as two - six man teams to suppress the burning propane and shut off the valve supplying propane to the fire.
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From The Hammonton News: Wednesday, April 16, 2008
The Hammonton Fire Department conducted a joint training exercise April 7 with the Elwood Fire Company. The topic of this exercise was propane firefighting and the unique challenges it presents. This drill was made possible through cooperation with Allen's Propane of Hammonton and instructors from the Alloway Fire Department in Salem County, NJ. With roughly 50 firefighters attending, a live fire exercise was held simulating a propane tank on fire. The drill lasted approximately four hours with firefighters receiving a variety of both classroom and practical training.
"With Suburban and Allens both in Hammonton along the border with Mullica we need to identify potential hazards. Once we identify these hazards we prepare through planning and training." said Chief Michael Ruberton. "We have a long-standing working relationship with Elwood and with Chief Tomasco's help we were able to get Allen's to donate the equipment necessary to perform the drill".
Allen's propane supplied both manpower and equipment to facilitate this drill as a part of their ongoing commitment to Hammonton and South Jersey as a whole.
The Fire Department has several training events scheduled for spring and summer, including an April trip to the Tony Canale Training Center in Egg Harbor Township for two live fire exercises.
Anyone wishing to learn more about the Hammonton Fire Department or interested in volunteering can go online to www.hammononfiredept.com
or call (609) 567-4300, ext. 390.