Georgetown firefighters fight gas and propane fires during training

The Georgetown Volunteer Fire Company held a training session on Sept. 8 to learn more about propane fires.

Georgetown members live in Redding, Wilton and Weston. Company officers and firefighters first reviewed and discussed proper procedures for fighting a gas/propane emergency in the classroom before heading out to the regional training facility. The two training sessions lasted approximately five hours in total.

At the practical session, three of Georgetown’s state-certified fire instructors were on hand, with assistance from the Fairfield Regional Fire School, to explain what happens in a propane fire. The firefighters were put through their paces as they first worked with burning propane tanks. The goal of each drill was to reach the propane tank safely and turn off the gas valve. Fire rehabilitation measures were also practiced by EMS personnel.

To learn more about the Georgetown Volunteer Fire Department or if  interested in volunteering as a firefighter or EMT, go to gtownfire.org or call 203-544-8800.