Explosive excercise

Firefighters from Colfax, Morton, Morley, Big Rapids Township and Mecosta-Austin took part in propane emergency fire training on Tuesday at the Mecosta-Austin Fire Department. (Pioneer photos/Danielle Brennan)

MECOSTA — Huge flames, flying shrapnel and blast waves that can blow a person across a street are all dangers firefighters face with propane fires.

“Those are definite possibilities when dealing with propane fires,” said Alan Brennan, assistant chief of Mecosta-Austin Fire Department.

Thirty-five firefighters from five area departments including Colfax, Morton, Morley, Big Rapids Township and Mecosta-Austin took part in propane emergency fire training on Tuesday at the Mecosta-Austin Fire Department, located on 8 Mile Road and Northland Drive.

“We open this up county wide so everyone can get this hands-on training,” Brennan said. “Actual training gives us a better feel and understanding when putting out one of these fires, which adds to our textbook training. It gives us the chance to train by avoiding the weak points and pointing our hose correctly so we can get to the valve and shut off these tanks to prevent such explosions.”

The training was conducted by firefighters from the Michigan Propane Gas Association at no cost to area fire departments. Approximately 400-500 gallons of propane were used during this training exercise. Brennan gives special thanks to Ice Mountain for use of their hydrant water source and Michael Oil for supplying the propane for the training.

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Posted by Lonnie Allen

Lonnie is the Pioneer's city/county reporter. He also coordinates the Gardens and Growers page. He can be reached by phone at (231) 592-8328 or by e-mail at lallen@pioneergroup.com.

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