Propane Industry Responders’ Conference

2024 Training

The Fire Fighters Association of Missouri and Missouri Propane Education and Research Council partnered to host a training with the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia on March 23 and 24. The University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) arranged for the instructors for the live fire drill and supplied the fire prop for a 500-gallon propane tank and a bobtail propane truck. Mark Arnold, MU FRTI Instructor, updated the attendees on alternative fuel vehicle incidents. Mike Booth, MU FRTI Instructor, updated the attendees on tactical considerations for firefighters handling propane. Bruce Bjorge, MU FRTI Instructor, updated attendees on the NFPA 1403 standards for the live fire participants. Dennis Cruise, President of Propane Training Services LLC Lynchburg VA, spoke on propane emergencies and basic industry practices. Derek Poe, Executive Director of the Missouri Propane Safety Commission, updated the attendees on food truck safety, Missouri propane laws and regulations, and safety features of propane bulk plants and vehicles. Jennifer Daggett, MFA Oil Company District Manager arranged for two bobtails for the exercise and donated the propane for the night’s training.

Missouri Propane Education and Research Council (MOPERC) funded the training so all attendees could participate for no cost. MOPERC provided the funding for the meals and refreshments for the conference and provided each registered department with two attendees a combustible gas detector. This is the third conference Steve Ahrens, Executive Director of MOPERC has sponsored in cooperation with the FFAM here in Sedalia and our biggest yet. We appreciate all Steve has done to help train the fire departments in the safety of propane. Including instructors we had 36 departments represented and 76 students participate in the conference live burn with 107 attending the live fire event on Saturday evening. 

We would like to recognize our partners who provided the equipment and personnel to make this conference a success. Pettis County Fire Protection District provided an engine and air supply apparatus with personnel, Sedalia Fire Department provided an engine and personnel and Pettis County Ambulance District provided personnel for the baseline vitals before the exercise and an ambulance for standby during the live fire drills. The Missouri State Fair provided the parking lot for the live fire drills and the Missouri State Fair Volunteer Fire Department (MSFVFD) provided the lodging and facilities to host the conference. Special thanks to Gail Hagans-Reynolds and Harry Ward with MU FRTI for the help with setup and making the conference run efficiently. RB Brown with FFAM and MSFVFD for cleaning and setup help during and after the conference.