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Tue, 27 Sep 2011|

Leigh Hollins demonstrates a prop used for training firefighters on response to underground natural gas pipeline emergencies.

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Hello, this is Lee Hollins with Cedar Hammock Fire and Rescue in Manatee county. We're doing various training minute videos on realistic training props, and I would just like to bring to your attention that these particular scenarios are not instructional scenarios. This is not for instructional purposes. It's to show how you can use these various props. Is what it's all about. So we try to be realistic, but we have some brand new recruits that we're using for this particular segment, and we have some experienced people also, and we have some experienced officers, but we don't want anyone to try to pick apart the actual tactics that are used. It is just to show how these props can be used in various ways ok? So we just wanted to bring that to your attention. [MUSIC] [MUSIC] Hello, this Battalion Chief Leigh Hollins with the Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue [UNKNOWN] County Florida. We are filming a segment for Training Minute videos, on realistic training props. This particular prop. Is an underline gas line problem. Some areas of the country, firefighters do not deal with underground gas lines. They would simply arrive at the scene, establish zones, until the gas company arrives. In our area of the country, we have a great relationship with the gas company. We have the proper tools, the proper training. So, we do mitigate these emergencies, it, it is within our scope of training and equipment. This particular mockup is very realistic in that you have everything identical to the real situation, except instead of having natural gas coming out of the pripe, pipe you have harmless air from a commercial compressor. That compressor is piped to a manifold, which can be operated by the instructor, and sent to 3/4 inch underground part, 2 inch underground pipe, or a 4 inch underground pipe. With that situation the firefighters will come in. They will establish zones. They will determine what the hazard is. They will determine whether they can mitigate the situation. If it is determined that they have the equipment and training to do so, they will go ahead and either sleeve or clamp the. Underground gas pipe to stop the flow of gas to make the scene safe. At that time the gas company will finish off whatever they needed to do to make this a permanent fix to these underground gas pipes. We'll see how realistic it is for the responders, they're going to go ahead and respond in. They're gonna be faced with an underground gas leak. They're gonna have to size up the situation. They're gonna have to establish zones and they will go ahead and mitigate this problem if it is within their scope of training and equipment if not they would simply, provide the hot zone they would evacuate personnel from the area and they would wait for the gas company. So let's go ahead and. Run an evolution and see how it goes. [SOUND] [MUSIC] Let's go. Let's get a line in the ground, and we're going need to get the gas clamp. [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [SOUND] [MUSIC] Sorry. >> That's all right. [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] This is Lee Hollins. Thanks for watching Fire Engineering's, Training Minute videos.

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