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Pipeline operators sponsoring First Responders’ free training

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

Local pipeline operators and gas distribution companies will sponsor Quality First Responder training in free sessions to be held around the state during January and February.

The first of more than two dozen pipeline safety meetings is set for Tuesday, Jan. 5, at the Miami Civic Center. Sessions are scheduled the next day, Jan. 6, at MidAmerica Expo Center in Pryor.

A meeting will be hosted Thursday, Jan. 7, at Bartlesville Community Center, 300 SE Adams. Another is planned at Ponca City’s Hutchins Memorial Auditorium, 600 E. Overbrook Ave., on Thursday, Jan. 14.

Meetings begin at 11:30 a.m. and continue until 6 p.m. Each of the First Responder training sessions will last approximately 90 minutes. Continuing Education Credits are to be available in some areas, event organizers said.

The pipeline safety and awareness programs promote the establishment of communication networks which, the organizers said, are needed to effectively manage emergency situations. Training is offered at no cost and a complimentary meal will be provided by the sponsoring companies. Also, an “incident exercise” is set up for the First Responders in each meeting location.

Other dates and sites include Jan. 11 in the OSU-Tulsa North Hall Building, Jan. 12 at the Cushing Youth Center, Jan. 13 at the Stillwater Holiday Inn and Jan. 19 at Spring Hill Suites in Enid. For more information or to register, visit ok.pipeline-awareness.com.

Sponsoring companies include Chaparrel Energy, Conoco Phillips, Devon Corp., Enbridge Energy and Phillips 66 Pipeline LLC.