Voodoo of Natural Gas
Friday, June 16, 2023
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
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 is a 24-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) DPS. In addition, he serves as President of the Board of Directors for the Georgia State Firefighters’ Association, National Volunteer Fire Council State Director, Georgia Pipeline Emergency Response Initiate 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, Training Branch Director, HAZMAT Committee, alternate delegate for Incident Management and Fire Officer NFPA Standards, and representative to Underwriters Laboratories Live Fire Fuels Research Panel.