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Emergency Responder Conference Strengthens Relationship between Firefighters and Propane Industry

Albany, N.Y. (June 27, 2011) - Nearly 175 firefighters and propane industry professionals joined forces last week at the New York State Fire Academy in Montour Falls, N.Y., to learn and share some vital propane safety information, response techniques and protocols which are critical to employ during emergencies.

The conference, believed to be the first of its kind in New York, included classroom presentations and field demonstrations such as tank truck product transfers, vehicles that run on propane gas, and controlling live fire situations involving stationary propane tanks. Participants came away with a much better understanding of how to work together during a propane emergency.

New York Industry Responders' Conference.

The conference was sponsored by the New York Propane Gas Association (NYPGA) and the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC). Topics included the evolution of propane emergencies, propane response, mitigation strategies, what's on the horizon for the propane industry, and the announcement of Fire Science Scholarships.

“This program represents a great cooperative effort between the fire service and the propane industry,” said Roy Willis, president and CEO of PERC. “This was an important step forward in strengthening the relationship between these two groups.”

“The propane industry has never been more committed to the safety and well-being of the fire service, emergency responders, and the public,” said Barbara Roach, executive director of NYPGA. “In the past 10 years, the industry has invested millions of dollars in training hundreds of thousands of firefighters and emergency responders.”

Acting State Fire Administrator John Mueller added that “conferences such as these offer first responders across New York State the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and skills which will pay dividends for their communities at home.” Firefighter-trainers from the State Fire Academy provided one of the live demonstrations that showed attendees how to control a burning tank through the use of special techniques with fog streams that enable trained personnel to turn off the propane gas at the source and stop the fire.

More information on the safe use of propane can be found online at www.nypropane.com and www.propanesafety.com.

About the New York Propane Gas Association (NYPGA)
NYPGA is a member-focused trade organization providing services that communicate, educate, and promote the propane industry in New York. The association was formed in 1948 to offer opportunities for training and networking with peers, and to aid with legislative issues that contribute to operating a safe and successful industry. For more information about the New York Propane Gas Association, visit www.nypropane.com.

About Propane Education & Research Council (PERC)
PERC promotes the safe and efficient use of propane as an energy fuel for its cost-effectiveness, efficiency and productivity, reliability, portability, and environmental friendliness. For more information, visit www.propanecouncil.org.

Bryant D. Stevens

State Fire Administrator

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