Omro Fire Department Hosts Emergency Response Fire Training

The Omro Fire Dept., in partnership with the Wisconsin Propane Education & Research Council (WiPERC), hosted an emergency response, live propane fire training on Monday, August 13, 2018. Approximately 50 fire fighters from the Omro Fire Dept. and surrounding areas were in attendance.  At times during the training, area residents may have seen flames shooting 20 feet or more into the air.  Local media and other observers were welcome to watch.

The training consist of classroom instruction on the physical properties of propane and a hands-on portion that includes five fire scenarios including a grill, forklift, bulk tank, and propane terminal piping props. All hands-on training is overseen by Wisconsin certified fire instructors, FIRE LLC and is conducted in accordance with NFPA 1403. The Omro Fire Dept. is providing local coordination and the location for the training.  The WiPERC estimates the value of this training is $4,000 to $5,000 depending on the size of the group trained and the number of trainers required.

Propane was provided by CHS Larsen Cooperative, who is a WPGA member and participates in the propane industry check-off program, which provides the funding for this training.

“We were happy to be able to provide the propane for this training as we find great value in our local fire departments understanding the dangers and risks in propane safety,” said Pat Brosseau, CHS Larsen Co-op Energy Department Manager.

 The Wisconsin Propane Education & Research Council is the education foundation of the Wisconsin Propane Gas Association (WPGA).

For more information on this program contact Emma Corning, WPGA/WiPERC Executive Director at or 608-210-3307.

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