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East Texas Fire Academy demonstrates new training equipment

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Tuesday morning, the Kilgore College Fire Academy introduced the Bull X LPG prop with a ceremony and live demonstration.

Thanks to a donation by Martin L.P. Gas, the Kilgore College Fire Academy has this rare piece of equipment added to their program.

"I'm pleased to announce that we are the very first fire academy in this part of the country that has one of these props," said Mike Fennell, the lead instructor at Kilgore College Fire Academy.

The Bull X LPG prop stimulates ignitable liquid by burning liquid LPG.

"What we are trying to do on this prop that we demonstrated this morning is show the students how they can go in there, having a sustained water supply, having using the incident management system and go in there and shut a valve off and do it safely," said Fennell.

The new prop, which included the tank, equipment and installation, was all free of charge to the fire academy.

"We are more than happy to do that. We want our firefighters to be the very best in the world no matter what happens, and Kilgore has that opportunity to provide that," said Jerry Sullivan, Manager of Martin L.P. Gas. 

Kilgore Fire Academy is a well-known institution who has students enrolled from as far away as Canada. All of these students value the additional training as part of their education.

"The LPG prop is a valuable asset. We get to train on something maybe you don't normally see in everyday life but it's very important. We don't want to encounter any situation that we don't know how to mitigate the hazards," said Brandon Mathis, a student at Kilgore College Fire Academy.

Due to recent events such as the Houston firefighter tragedies, Martin L.P. Gas is happy to aid the firefighters in this academy.

"Training makes all the difference in the world. It may help save their lives and the lives of anyone else," said Sullivan.

Kilgore College Fire Academy will graduate fourteen students on Wednesday, June 19th.

The ceremony starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Bert E. Woodruff Adult Education Center Auditorium in Kilgore. All are welcome to attend.

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