LPG Firefighting Training

LPG Firefighting Awareness Online Course

ERAC offers the LPG Firefighting Awareness online training course free-of-charge to all Canadian first responders. This training provides:

  • knowledge to make safe and strategic risk management decisions in LPG related incident,
  • understanding of non-intervention, offensive and defensive strategies when encountering LPG emergencies, and
  • information about strategic and tactical considerations.

Upon successful completion of the online awareness training module, first responders can enroll in the LPG Level 1 operations firefighting training course.

Course Content:

There are 11 modules within the online training and each module is followed by a test covering the content from the training modules. The modules include a total of 50 test questions; to pass, participants must correctly answer 40/50 questions (i.e. 80%).

First responders: To enroll in the LPG Firefighting Awareness online training, please complete the form below. Your request will be processed within two business days.

Others: Please sign up for the course through our training courses store.


LPG Level 1 Operations Firefighting Training Course

“The course was extremely beneficial for the regional [fire] departments. Your expertise and knowledge in LPG and incidents involving pressurized liquids [were] welcomed by the group with some great takeaways. Thank you for being flexible to the group’s skillsets and limited knowledge in this field; it was a pleasure to see the group interact with your style of teaching … this fun and interactive course.”

Kynan O’Rourke, Regional Deputy Fire Chief, Regional District of Central Kootenay

The LPG Level 1 Operations firefighting training is a two-day course. The curriculum is based on NFPA standards and consists of both classroom and live-fire exercises using a mobile prop trailer owned and operated by ERAC.

The first day is classroom-based and consists of two parts. Part one candidates review different modules that cover every facet of LPG emergency management, including: 

  • emergency response assistance plans (ERAPs) and regulations
  • the Emergency Response Guidebook
  • LPG products and their characteristics
  • cylinders, tanks and storage
  • LPG trucks and transport
  • rail transportation
  • firefighting water flow requirements 
  • gas detection 
  • Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapour Explosions (B.L.E.V.E.)
  • auto refrigeration
  • vapour and liquid flaring

Part two is a review of commonly encountered LPG emergencies as scenarios. These scenarios require firefighters to work through the strategy, risk mitigation, planning, problem solving, decision-making and incident action plans and tactics necessary to safely manage the situation.

Day two consists of hands-on training. The ERAC instruction team shows up on site with four propane training props that are used to simulate situations encountered in the field by first responders. These simulators include:

  • LPG distribution system fire,
  • propane motor vehicle fuel tank fire,
  • building service meter flange fires, and
  • propane cylinder fire.

Proper cooling techniques, valve shut-offs, pressure relief devices, leak control and extinguishment techniques, and egress are reviewed and practiced throughout the training. 

For more information on the LPG Level 1 Operations training course and/or to register your fire department, contact us at training@erac.org. There is a minimum of 16 participants required to conduct the LPG Level 1 Operations training course.

If you are a member of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) and would like to register for the LPG Level 1 Mobile Operations training, please visit the OAFC website.



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