Propane emergency training now more realistic in New York

November 8, 2019 By    

Firefighters, hazmat teams and other emergency responders in New York visit the New York State Fire Academy several times a year for training provided by the New York Propane Gas Association (NYPGA).

Propane delivery vehicles used for emergency training

The larger transport unit, center, is used for fire training and transport demos, while the bobtail unit is fully operational. Photo courtesy of the New York Propane Gas Association

But starting this past June, their training got a lot more realistic. For the first time, emergency responders began training with a fully operational propane delivery truck.

“Participants in propane emergency training programs at the New York State Fire Academy previously used bobtails that are not functional – they are simply used as a fire training prop and as a visual reference when we talk about propane transport,” says instructor Kerry Fitzgerald.

“Now, we will be able to replicate many more scenarios which allow emergency responders to learn how to use a bobtail to help aid in an emergency situation, as well as how to mitigate situations that involve a propane truck – all while they are in a safe, controlled environment.”

New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services received a grant from the federal government to purchase the new bobtail training vehicle. Superior Plus Propane and Renaldo Sales & Service also donated equipment to enhance the bobtail training. LP Transportation Inc. has supported the training over the years, as well, the association says.

The New York State Fire Academy and the NYPGA are working to develop new training programs to help maximize the benefit of having this new resource available for emergency responders.

The NYPGA also offers a cargo utility trailer to support response to emergency propane incidents across New York. The trailer is stocked with patching equipment to stop leaks; a propane flare; hoses, pipes, adapters and a portable compressor to transfer propane from one container to another; and other equipment necessary for emergency response – enabling emergency response professionals to quickly hook up the trailer and respond to the emergency situation.

About the Author:

Brian Richesson is the editor in chief of LP Gas Magazine. Contact him at or 216-706-3748.

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