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Voodoo of Natural Gas

David Bullard

Friday, June 14, 2024 
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

Firefighter training typically lacks a significant amount of training on natural gas incidents. The missing information can seem like voodoo until the firefighter is exposed to the concepts and proactive practices of natural gas leaks. Being a high frequency event for fire response, the ability for a fire department crew or hazmat team to play a significant role in preventing a catastrophic event is huge. This course will use case studies, scenarios, and interactive discussion to enhance response and mitigation of natural gas emergencies.

David Bullard

David is a 26-year member of the fire service and currently serves as a Lieutenant and HAZMAT Training Officer with the Columbia County Fire Rescue (Ga.) and a Firefighter with Grovetown (Ga) Fire Rescue. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Georgia State Firefighter’s Association, National Volunteer Fire Council State Director and Executive Committee, Georgia Pipeline Emergency Response Initiative Board of Directors, NFPA’s Working Group on Flammable Refrigerants, and was Secretary of IFSTA’s Pumping Apparatus Driver Operator 3rd Edition Curriculum Committee, Pipeline Emergencies 3rd Ed Curriculum Committee, contributor to the “Training Officer’s Desk Reference”, The Lavender Ribbon Report, and development of rail response training for TRANSCAER and PHMSA’s Pipeline Response Toolkit . As an active instructor for the Georgia Fire Academy and Georgia EMS Association, David is constantly engaged with teaching live fire, leadership, HAZMAT, and Farm Machinery Extrication. Involvements within the NVFC include a member of the Health, Safety, and Training Committee, HAZMAT Committee, Principal on NFPA 1021, and representative to Underwriter’s Laboratories Live Fire Fuels Research Panel.