01/10/08 151 W, 1 I - + 16 - 12 Raleigh Fire Department Conducts Natural Gas Haz-Mat Training

Training news. During the week of December 17, members of the Raleigh Fire Departmentís hazardous materials team trained on containment and control techniques of natural gas. Morning classroom instruction was followed by a practical exercise using new clamping equipment. The new clamps can be used on gas service lines up to two-inches in diameter. The exercise was followed by an intense obstacle course, with firefighters practicing using dry-chemical extinguishers on natural gas-fed fires. Three gas-fed props were used. The quickest team to extinguish all three props with only one extinguisher was Jeff Silver (L20) and Corey McGee (E2), who finished in 13 seconds. They were closely followed by Special Operations Battalion Chief Brad Harvey and Mark Mitro (E2), who finished in 17 seconds. The classes were conducted at the PSNC training facility at 901 East Chatham Street in Cary. Photos by Jeff Silver. Click to enlarge:

Will Firefighters be using the clamps to stop gas leaks. This is something we looked into a while back and I would like to know if any FD’s are clamping gas lines
Apex Batt Chief - 01/13/08 - 21:35

PSNC prefers the FD’s not clamp unless it is a dire emergency or they have a significantly delayed response. I purchased (2) tools for Raleigh FD about 3 years ago to use as a backup to PSNC. The clamps are only capable of clamping up to a 2” plastic line and their cost in 2004 was approx. $900.00 each. Give PSNC a call and discuss trainng and application opportunites.
A. Rich - 01/14/08 - 00:30

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