Training to Fight Natural Gas Fires

By Sam Gaddes

May 10, 2012 Updated May 10, 2012 at 5:15 AM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) One local fire department takes the time to train and prepare for fighting natural gas fires.

Apalachin Fire Department worked with NYSEG to train firefighters about the properties of natural gas, how to deal with a natural gas fire, and how to respond to a natural gas fire when there is also a power line down.

"The first thing we need to do is save lives and protect the structure," said Michael Roden of the Apalachin Fire Department.

"We are able to provide this training in a realistic setting but under very controlled and save circumstances," said Clayton Ellis of NYSEG.

"It is a team effort, the fire department obviously has an important role, because they need to control the the fire situation if indeed there is a fire then we need to respond and shut off the fuel source," said Ellis.

"This kind of training is very important to all of us that way we can see what goes on and everybody can learn what to do and how to take care of the situation, make sure no one gets hurt," said Roden.

NYSEG says a common way a natural gas fire starts is by people hitting gas mains while digging.

To prevent this you can dial 811, NYSEG will come out for free and map out any gas or electrical mains.