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TECO trains firefighters to deal with natural gas leaks

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City of Naples Firefighters place a clamp on a pipe to stop a simulated gas leak during training for emergency response to natural gas leaks on Tuesday at the Fire-Rescue Training Center on Tenth Street N. in Naples. The training was provided by TECO Peoples Gas to give the firefighters practical, hands-on training to understand the properties and characteristics of natural gas and how to deal with in-field emergencies.

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Lexey Swall/Staff City of Naples Firefighters place a clamp on a pipe to stop a simulated gas leak during training for emergency response to natural gas leaks on Tuesday at the Fire-Rescue Training Center on Tenth Street N. in Naples. The training was provided by TECO Peoples Gas to give the firefighters practical, hands-on training to understand the properties and characteristics of natural gas and how to deal with in-field emergencies.

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East Naples firefighters Jason Bledsoe, left, and Andy Sanchez dig up a pipe to find a gas leak during training for emergency response to natural gas leaks on Tuesday at the Fire-Rescue Training Center on Tenth Street N. in Naples. The two East Naples firefighters accompanied the City of Naples Fire Department for the training provided by TECO Peoples Gas. The event gave the firefighters practical, hands-on training to understand the properties and characteristics of natural gas and how to deal with in-field emergencies. A trench was dug and pipe laid in the training area in order to pump actual natural gas through the pipes so firefighters would have to find the leak the same way they would in a real-life situation.
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City of Naples Firefighters place a clamp on a pipe to stop a simulated gas leak during training for emergency response to natural gas leaks on Tuesday at the Fire-Rescue Training Center on Tenth Street N. in Naples. The training was provided by TECO Peoples Gas to give the firefighters practical, hands-on training to understand the properties and characteristics of natural gas and how to deal with in-field emergencies.
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City of Naples Firefighter Joe Fricchione, center, places a clamp on a pipe to stop a simulated gas leak during training for emergency response to natural gas leaks on Tuesday at the Fire-Rescue Training Center on Tenth Street N. in Naples. The training was provided by TECO Peoples Gas to give the firefighters practical, hands-on training to understand the properties and characteristics of natural gas and how to deal with in-field emergencies.
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City of Naples Firefighter Mike Moore watches as fellow firefighters place a clamp on a pipe to stop a simulated gas leak during training for emergency response to natural gas leaks on Tuesday at the Fire-Rescue Training Center on Tenth Street N. in Naples. The training was provided by TECO Peoples Gas to give the firefighters practical, hands-on training to understand the properties and characteristics of natural gas and how to deal with in-field emergencies.
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City of Naples Firefighters place a clamp on a pipe to stop a simulated gas leak during training for emergency response to natural gas leaks on Tuesday at the Fire-Rescue Training Center on Tenth Street N. in Naples. The training was provided by TECO Peoples Gas to give the firefighters practical, hands-on training to understand the properties and characteristics of natural gas and how to deal with in-field emergencies.
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Engineer Erick Baltodano, left, clamps down on a pipe to stop a simulated gas leak in a pipe rack used for training on a recent day in Naples. The City of Naples Fire Department was trained in emergency response to natural gas leaks by TECO Peoples Gas safety advisor Rob Buckle on Tuesday at the Fire-Rescue Training Center in Naples.
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Engineer Erick Baltodano, left, and Lt. Jerry Pecar clamp down on a pipe to stop a simulated gas leak in a pipe rack used for training on a recent day in Naples. The City of Naples Fire Department was trained in emergency response to natural gas leaks by TECO Peoples Gas safety advisor Rob Buckle on Tuesday at the Fire-Rescue Training Center in Naples.
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East Naples firefighters Jason Bledsoe, left, and Andy Sanchez, second from right, dig up a pipe to find a gas leak during training for emergency response to natural gas leaks on Tuesday at the Fire-Rescue Training Center on Tenth Street N. in Naples. The two East Naples firefighters accompanied the City of Naples Fire Department for the training provided by TECO Peoples Gas. The event gave the firefighters practical, hands-on training to understand the properties and characteristics of natural gas and how to deal with in-field emergencies. A trench was dug and pipe laid in the training area in order to pump actual natural gas through the pipes so firefighters would have to find the leak the same way they would in a real-life situation.
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East Naples firefighters Jason Bledsoe, left, and Andy Sanchez dig up a pipe to find a gas leak during training for emergency response to natural gas leaks on Tuesday at the Fire-Rescue Training Center on Tenth Street N. in Naples. The two East Naples firefighters accompanied the City of Naples Fire Department for the training provided by TECO Peoples Gas. The event gave the firefighters practical, hands-on training to understand the properties and characteristics of natural gas and how to deal with in-field emergencies. A trench was dug and pipe laid in the training area in order to pump actual natural gas through the pipes so firefighters would have to find the leak the same way they would in a real-life situation.
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East Naples firefighters Jason Bledsoe, center, and Andy Sanchez, right, dig up a pipe to find a gas leak during training for emergency response to natural gas leaks on Tuesday at the Fire-Rescue Training Center on Tenth Street N. in Naples. The two East Naples firefighters accompanied the City of Naples Fire Department for the training provided by TECO Peoples Gas. The event gave the firefighters practical, hands-on training to understand the properties and characteristics of natural gas and how to deal with in-field emergencies. A trench was dug and pipe laid in the training area in order to pump actual natural gas through the pipes so firefighters would have to find the leak the same way they would in a real-life situation.
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City of Naples Firefighter Joe Fricchione, center, places a clamp on a pipe to stop a simulated gas leak during training for emergency response to natural gas leaks on Tuesday at the Fire-Rescue Training Center on Tenth Street N. in Naples. The training was provided by TECO Peoples Gas to give the firefighters practical, hands-on training to understand the properties and characteristics of natural gas and how to deal with in-field emergencies.

Twenty-seven firefighters, including North Naples and East Naples fire departments, were involved in training to deal with natural gas leaks.

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