By JOY BROWN
Marathon Petroleum’s pipeline subsidiary, MPLX LP, will be paying for three Findlay firefighters to attend a hazardous materials training course at a Texas academy in May.
Tuition for Williams Fire and Hazard Control’s annual “Extreme School,” a five-day course, is $1,950 per person. MPLX also will pay for the firefighters’ special gear that will be needed, and travel and hotel accommodations, said Fire Chief Tom Lonyo.
“This collaborative effort will enable the Fire Department, (MPLX) and possibly the Hancock County Hazardous Materials Response team to conduct on-site training and drills later this year at their (company’s) storage facility on Glessner Avenue,” Lonyo said.
Without the company’s financial backing, the city would not have been able to afford the specialized training, Lonyo told City Council this week.
Attending will be Jeff Rampe, a fire captain and instructor; Troy Stoner, a firefighter and hazardous materials coordinator; and firefighter Joel Rampe.
The course focuses on emergency response at petroleum storage and pipeline facilities. Classroom instruction will include case studies, tactical studies, incident assessment, equipment evolution, foam applications, and large-volume advanced equipment applications, Lonyo said.
Students will also conduct field evolutions, pump operations, hose relays and live burn rotations.
Training will be in Beaumont, Texas, at the Beaumont Emergency Services Training Center, which Lonyo characterized as “the ultimate training environment.” The course will be held from May 4 through 8.
The pipeline company is familiar with the school, since it also has a facility in Beaumont.
Later this month, all Findlay firefighters are planning to tour the Glessner Avenue site with MPLX employees.
“We have done this in the past, however, due to our turnover in recent years, we thought this would be a good opportunity to expose some of our newer members to the site and its environment,” Lonyo said.
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