Firefighters from across Ohio, including personnel from three local departments, recently received hands-on natural gas and oil training at the new Wayne County Fire and Rescue Regional Training Facility recently, courtesy of the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program. The multi-day training, “Responding to Oilfield Emergencies,” is provided to first responders at no-cost by Ohio’s natural gas and oil producers and was the first to take place following a $150,000 OOGEEP donation to build two classrooms for the new, state-of-the-art facility. OOGEEP’s award-winning training exceeds state and federal fire safety standards and was the first program of its kind developed in the nation. In its 20th year, 19 firefighters were trained, bringing the total trained to more than 1,500 firefighters and first responders. The two-day training includes experience classroom presentations, virtual reality tabletop exercises and live outdoor fire behavior labs. Local firefighters who attended the training were Trevor Willoughby, Weathersfield Fire learn more here Department; Roger Bruce, Southington Fire Department; and Derek Hollander and Caleb Richmond, Brookfield Fire Department. “There is no better class around,” Richmond said. “(The class) is the most realistic class I have ever taken. I learned so much that I have never even thought of.” OOGEEP’s training was collaboratively developed by natural gas and oil industry experts, regulatory agencies, firefighters and emergency responders.


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