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Natural Gas Emergency Class Helps First Responders Prepare For Emergencies

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KINGWOOD - The Kingwood Volunteer Fire Department hosted a class about responding to natural gas emergencies on Sunday, June 29.

Firefighters and emergency responders were invited to learn about the natural gas industry and ways to prepare for emergencies involving natural gas that could take place in the area.

"Awareness and being prepared is half the battle," said Kingwood VFD Captain Ethan Rouzee. "You have to be knowledgeable on what you're going to be dealing with. By educating these folks today on natural gas emergencies, they're going to be better prepared heaven forbid something happen."

The class was sponsored by the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia. With all of the drilling of oil and gas over the past years, members of IOGA said it's important for first responders to keep up with ways to stay safe in case of an emergency.

Class attendees learned about explosive limits of natural gas, drill pads, different types of pipelines and the different equipment that would be used.

IOGA hopes to continue hosting similar classes throughout the state to educate more people on the oil and gas industry.

The next class will be scheduled in mid-August in Marshall County.