Pipeline training presented to emergency personnel

Instructor Mark Courtney teaches emergency personnel about pipeline safety. (Source: Fulton Fire Department)
Instructor Mark Courtney teaches emergency personnel about pipeline safety. (Source: Fulton Fire Department)

FULTON, KY (KFVS) - Emergency workers from 15 agencies learned about pipeline safety Tuesday at Ponotoc Park in Fulton, Kentucky.

Instructor Mark Courtney of Paradigm Liaison Services in Wichita, Kansas presented his program on Pipeline Emergency Response and Damage Prevention Training to 70 personnel.

Seven pipeline operators provided handouts at the training.

Covering over 2.4 million miles underground, pipelines transport 65 percent of our nation's energy delivering a multitude of products throughout the US, according to the Fulton Fire Department.

These pipelines are tested and maintained to the highest standards in order to protect the products, environment and the citizens.

Each year millions of dollars are put towards property damage, injuries and loss of life due to careless digging and blastings underground.

In Kentucky call "811" or 1-800-752-6007 to request a "locate." This precaution can save time, money and lawsuits to reduce accidental pipeline emergencies.

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