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Taking the BOOM out of the blaze

The Enterprise

About 15 Vale firefighters got some specialized training last week in a drill that literally raised the FLAG.

The Flammable Liquids and Gas training program, dubbed FLAG, gave the crew hands-on experience dealing with the explosive danger when a fire hits a propane or natural gas tank.

The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training provided the equipment – a trailer simulator equipped with a tank and valves – for the drill. The agency also sent two staffers to work with the local department in the training.

Flames flare from a gas installation used for a state firefighter safety training, as Vale Fire Department members prepare to use their skills. (Submitted photo . . .