National Grid honors two RI fire departments

By Darlene Masse

The fire departments in Warwick and Narragansett, Rhode Island were recently recognized for completing National Grid’s emergency first responder safety training. The interactive training program provides first responders with the information they need to protect the public and respond safely in the event of a natural gas emergency. The Warwick and Narragansett Fire Departments were the first in Rhode Island to achieve 100% completion of this training and were honored in separate ceremonies on June 16.

The free, web-based training, called First Responder Utility Safety, is available to first responders in all of National Grid’s service areas, including RI, MA and NY. (Employees can also take the training.) It includes a series of interactive modules that offer emergency response personnel information on how to safely identify and respond to incidents that involve natural gas pipelines and other natural gas facilities.

The modules provide an overview of the natural gas system, including the properties of natural gas, protocols for responding to natural gas leaks and fires, carbon monoxide safety and more. The training also now includes a series of modules on electrical safety and can be accessed at http://firstresponder.ngridsafety.com/.

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National Grid’s Bill Flaherty (center) and Marisa Albanese present Warwick Fire Chief James G. McLaughlin (holding plaque) with an award for being one of the first two fire departments in Rhode Island to achieve 100% completion of our company’s First Responder Utility Safety training program.

National Grid’s Bill Flaherty (third from left) and Paul Stasiuk (third from right) present an award to Narragansett Fire Chief Scott M. Partington and several of his firefighters for being one of the first two fire departments in Rhode Island to achieve 100% completion of our company’s First Responder Utility Safety training program.

National Grid’s Bill Flaherty (third from left) and Paul Stasiuk (third from right) present an award to Narragansett Fire Chief Scott M. Partington and several of his firefighters for being one of the first two fire departments in Rhode Island to achieve 100% completion of our company’s First Responder Utility Safety training program.

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