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Firefighter takes part in oilfield training

6/5/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program
APPLE CREEK — Firefighter Jeff Kohn of the Copley Fire Department joined more than 30 emergency responders from across the state to participate the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program’s (OOGEEP) Responding to Oilfield Emergencies Training Workshop recently at the Wayne County Fire and Rescue Training Facility.

Kohn is pictured above at far left with other participating firefighters.

OOGEEP’s Oilfield Emergency Response Training program began in 2001 and was the first of its kind in the nation, according to OOGEEP officials. The workshop is fully funded by Ohio’s natural gas and crude oil producers and is offered at no cost to Ohio firefighters, according to program officials.

In the past 13 years, more than 1,100 firefighters from across Ohio and seven other states have attended, with Ohio’s oil and natural gas industry voluntarily contributing over $2 million to provide this free training program, according to OOGEEP officials. Upon completion of the two-day training, each participant receives a certificate of attendance, documentation for up to 12 continuing education contact credit hours, with optional college credit also available through Hocking College.

The program is devised to provide detailed background information and practical guidelines to assist responders in communicating at the emergency site, evaluating the emergency and responding to both drilling and production emergencies. The hands-on training portion includes “live burns” utilizing both crude oil and natural gas props.

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