ERAC offers its LPG Firefighting Awareness online training course free of charge to all Canadian first responders.
This training provides:
the ability to make safe and strategic decisions on non-intervention, offensive and defensive strategies when encountering LPG fire emergencies, and
information needed to assess hazards and prevent further harm or injury at the scene by responding appropriately and calling for the necessary resources and assistance.
With this knowledge, our first responders can reduce the risk to their communities and themselves.
There are seven modules within the online training course and each module is followed by a quiz covering the course content, with a pass rate of 80%.
The course consists of the following modules:
Module 1 - LPG Overview
Module 2 - The Basics and First Aid
Module 3 - Container Types
Module 4 - LPG Documentation, Safety Features and Damages
Module 5 - Placards, ERG, ICS and Roles and Responsibilities
Module 6 - Fire Fighting Considerations, Additional Factors and BLEVEs
Module 7 - ERPs, ERAPs, Response levels and ERAC
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.
Upon successful completion of the LPG Firefighting Awareness online training module, first responders can enroll in the LPG Level 1 – Operations Firefighting training 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 sessions and live-fire exercises using ERAC’s mobile prop trailer.
Day one is classroom-based and consists of two sections.
Section 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
firefighting water flow requirements
Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapour Explosions (B.L.E.V.E.)
Section two: includes 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. ERAC’s instruction team uses four propane training props to simulate different situations encountered in the field by first responders.
These simulations include:
LPG distribution system fires
propane motor vehicle fuel tank fires
building service meter flange fires, and
propane cylinder fires
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 Firefighting Training Course and/or to register your fire department,
A minimum of 16 participants is required to conduct the LPG Level 1 – Operations firefighting 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 – Operations firefighting training, please visit the OAFC website.
“The LPG Level 1 Firefighting course was exactly what we needed, especially in Port Edward where there will be a significant amount of LPG delivery soon. We have truly become much more confident in making decisions related to LPG incidents. I would definitely do it again.”
Jason Giesbrecht, Fire Chief, District of Port Edward
“Our two-day LPG Level 1 Firefighting training session with ERAC was fantastic. When I was walking around the site, I was listening to the crew's pre-planning strategies, discussing angles of approach and nozzle patterns, and this says to me that they are very much engaged in the training and excited to talk about how to tackle the fires between themselves. These problem-solving scenarios develop buy-in and team-building skills for my members.”
Jeff Beckwith, Fire Chief, Prince Rupert Fire Rescue
“The LPG Level 1 Mobile Operations Training has provided our members the knowledge and experience of dealing with LPG. The training was an absolute success.”
Matthew Roy, Fire Chief, Township of North Glengarry