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      Emergency responders get propane training

      Firefighters and emergency responders participated in a training developed to safely handle propane gas emergencies.

      Firefighters and emergency responders participated in a training developed to safely handle propane gas emergencies.

      The Missouri Energy Response Commission presented a comprehensive training curriculum presented by highly qualified propane product and container specialists.

      The training was not open to the public, but it addressed the importance of safely responding to, mitigating, and controlling an emergency involving propane.

      "The importance of us handling propane emergencies is when we respond to that kind of emergency we have to know the properties of the gas," said Captain Travis Austin with the Macon Fire Department. "We need to know if its going to rise, if it's going to settle. With propane it's heavier than air so propane's going to settle so that's going to help us make our decision on what we need to do."

      Austin says there's multiple ways of handling a propane emergency, but their job is to know exactly the best way.

      The training was open to all emergency responders in the Macon area.