Of the 95 firefighters from 29 Ohio counties who took part in the Ohio Oil and Gas energy Education Program, two were from the Hopewell Township Fire Department located in Glenford. This intensive field-training program teaches local firefighters best practices and tactics for managing oilfield incidents.
Lieutenant Richard Maxwell and Firefighter Steven Shaw attended the training and learned how to safely respond to potential, but rare, oil and natural gas emergency incidents.
The two-day training program teaches firefighters field-tested tactics and procedures for combating potential drilling and production site incidents. Firefighters also learn how to evaluate oil and natural gas emergencies, and obtain valuable site-specific information during an emergency.
“Providing firefighters with the latest information and tactics for dealing with oil field emergencies is one of the most important things we do,” said OOGEEP Executive Director Rhonda Reda. “Our state-certified instructors, many of whom are current or retired firefighters themselves, take pride in providing fellow emergency responders with this valuable safety information. It is because of our instructors that firefighters from across the nation look to OOGEEP’s training program as a highly regarded model.”
The first day of the program focuses on distinguishing between normal operations and true oil field emergencies. Classroom presentations provide an overview of Ohio’s oil and gas industry, including the processes and procedures used to develop these energy sources.
On day two, firefighters receive hands-on training utilizing the OOGEEP outdoor fire-behavior lab at the Wayne County Regional Fire and Rescue Training Facility. The training site includes several pieces of oilfield equipment designed to allow firefighters to experience and respond to potential oilfield incidents.
The OOGEEP training program and curriculum was developed as a collaborative effort between Ohio’s oil and gas industry, government regulators, firefighters and emergency response experts. The course meets national and state fire safety standards, and attending firefighters can earn required CEU credits as well as an optional graduate credit.
Since 2001, more than 1,500 firefighters from Ohio and seven other states have successfully completed the program.
The Oilfield Emergency Response Training Program is endorsed by the Ohio Fire Chief’s Association, Ohio Society of Fire Service Instructors and Ohio Fire and Emergency Services Foundation, and funded entirely by Ohio’s oil and natural gas producers.