Salem County Fire Academy Receives Donation from SUNOCO Logistics Eagle Point Refinery

SALEM COUNTY– The Salem County Fire Academy hosted an open house and live fire demonstration using the Academy’s Industrial Firefighting prop.
The newly installed prop is used to simulate fires that are seen in the petrochemical and chemical industries and was donated by SUNOCO Logistics Eagle Point Refinery. The props donated include a three-module prop, control manifold, and two 1,000-gallon LP gas tanks.
Simulation scenarios that may occur at facilities were demonstrated using LP or natural gas. Attendees at the event included several county fire departments and representatives from PSEG and Chemours. The Academy’s duty officer and retiree of SUNOCO Eagle Point Refinery, Instructor John Austin, led the training.
“The new addition to the Fire Academy’s current training props, has greatly improved the Academy’s ability to venture outside of the public sector fire service education realm and to begin to offer a wide variety of training sessions for private industry and other commercial entities,” said Austin.
The donated props have enabled the Fire Academy to provide fire service education outside of the public sector. The Academy plans on providing training to private as well as commercial entities and they began their first training in October.
The session included participation from Freeholder Dale Cross who volunteered for two scenarios, securing several valves during the live fire exercises.
“The private sector partner’s involvement, both financially and in the training, is now made possible through the partnerships,” said Julie Acton, Freeholder Director. “We thank Chief Fire Instructor Leroy Pierce for his tireless efforts in advancing the Academy’s expansion and services and the networks he has built, the staff in attendance for their dedication and professionalism, and the first responders for their dedication and continuing their training.”
The Academy plans on holding several Basic Industrial Brigade classes during the spring of 2016, reserved for the county’s industry partners.
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