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St. John Office of Fire Services Participates in Firefighter School at Marathon Petroleum Company

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – Members of St. John the Baptist Parish Office of Fire Services and neighboring Fire Departments participated in Marathon Petroleum Company LP’s Annual Municipal Flammable Liquid and Gas Firefighting School on Saturday, April 13, 2013.  St. John firefighters received hands-on training on proper methods and techniques used to control and extinguish flammable liquid and gas fires.

The Firefighting School offered the following training courses:

  • Fire Extinguisher Training: training on different types of fire extinguishers and proper techniques to extinguish flammable liquid fires with dry chemical fire extinguishers
  • Firefighter Foam Training: training on various ways to produce and apply foam to flammable liquid fires
  • Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Firefighting: training on proper control and valving off of LPG fires

“Exercises such as these that apply to real-life situations keep firefighters up to date on the latest fire fighting techniques and are very beneficial to our firefighters,” said Chief Cain Dufrene.  “With the amount of industry in our area, as well as the hazards of everyday travel, proper education on flammable liquid and gas fires is vital to ensuring the safety of the community.” 

Training participants included: Chief Cain Dufrene, Asst. Chief Scott Duhe, District Chief Spencer Chauvin, Firefighter/Operator Jeremy Grainer, Firefighter Ovide Chenier, Firefighter/Operator Ponce Taylor, and Firefighter/Operator Travis Etie.

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