This past year, the Florida Propane Gas Association (FPGA) reached a significant milestone: 5000 firefighters and first responders in the state completed a Propane Emergency Training Course, an accredited, comprehensive program that ultimately makes the communities served by these brave men and women a little bit safer. And at many of these sessions, Suburban Propane has been there, lending bobtails, cylinders and unparalleled expertise in propane safety and emergency response.

“No other place in the country is providing this training on this level,” said Carl Weeks of Propane Environmental Services, who conducts the courses. “And it’s only through the support of members like Suburban Propane that it’s possible. The departments that we visit are very appreciative of the training. And we’re just as appreciative of Suburban Propane and many of their managers and employees, who have given a lot of their time to make these safety training classes more beneficial and effective.”


The course includes the history of propane and industry safety initiatives; standards, codes and regulations; LP container design and construction; and general emergency response procedures.

Said FPGA Executive Vice President Dale Calhoun, “It is the intent of the FPGA and all the propane dealers in Florida who fund this program to take a very proactive position in educating our first responders and industry personnel when dealing with any type of propane-related emergency.” Added firefighter Kelly McNatt from Tampa’s Engine 18C, who was the 5000th first responder trained in the course, “As fire professionals we are required to know a lot about many different fire scenarios and propane is a major one. Just about everyone uses propane in one way or another.”