Submitted by Katie Lowe, WiPERC

ELMWOOD, WI – The Elmwood Fire Dept., in partnership with the Wisconsin Propane Education & Research Council (WiPERC), is hosting an emergency response, live propane fire training on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 6:00 PM. Approximately 50 fire fighters from the Elmwood Fire Dept. and surrounding areas are expected to attend.

At times during the training, area residents may see flames shooting 20 feet or more into the air. Local media and other observers are welcome to watch.

The training consists 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 Elmwood 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 will be provided by Ultra Energy who is a member of the Wisconsin Propane Gas Association and participates in the propane industry check-off program, which provides the funding for this training.

The training will be held at 225 Woodworth St. S Elmwood, WI 54740.

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