Firefighters trained in oilfield emergencies

CHAMPION – First responders from Champion Township Fire Department took part in Ohio training workshops over the last three months to train them in responding to oilfield emergencies.

The training was hosted by Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program in September, October and November.

Champion firefighters Benjamin Glosser, Stephen Kisak, Justin Martin and Jon Masset were among 109 participants from 33 Ohio fire departments to learn how to respond to potential drilling and production site emergencies and other response resources over the two-day training workshop offered by the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program, or OOGEEP.

The training provides background information and practical guidelines to assist responders in communicating and evaluating a potential emergency site, and the ability to respond to both drilling and production emergencies.

The hands-on training portion includes “live burns” utilizing both crude oil and natural gas props.

The training program is funded by Ohio’s natural gas and crude oil operators.