Lexington fire receives new piece of training equipment

Lexington Division of Fire will receive a new piece of training equipment that will help firefighters learn to better handle natural gas emergencies.

Fire Chief Keith Jackson, joined by Mayor Jim Gray and Columbia Gas of Kentucky President Herbert A. Miller Jr., said the gas training and simulation equipment would come as a gift from Columbia Gas.

Jackson said the equipment will enhance training and education of firefighters by simulating issues such as broken gas pipes or migrating gas. The equipment will also help them learn the best methods for handling a variety of highly flammable materials.

"This equipment will make our city safer, as well as our employees," Gray said in a news release. "It's a true public-private partnership that will strengthen our relationship and improve cooperation when real emergencies occur."

The equipment was installed by Stanley Pipeline outside the Fire Training Academy on Old Frankfort Pike.

Jackson said the "training prop will benefit both the Division of Fire and Columbia Gas."

Battalion Chief Greg Stapleton, who runs the Fire Academy, said the training equipment "will allow us to better provide instruction to our firefighters in handling flammable material emergencies, not just with natural gas, but in simulating incidents with other flammable gases and liquids."