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UCGUD hosts fire training class

Unicoi County Gas Utility District hosted a training class for local fire departments on April 21.
Tim Whitson, general manager of UCGUD, opened the meeting, discussing the natural gas industry and its future in 2010.
Ronnie Higgins, operations supervisor, reviewed the Unicoi County Gas Emergency Manual and procedures that UCGUD has in place during emergencies.
Most of the meeting centered on a discussion of who has what responsibility when natural gas is present during a fire.
There were 25 people in attendance, including Ed Herndon, Director of Emergency Management Council and representatives from Erwin, Unicoi, Limestone Cove and Southside Fire Departments.
“It’s important to maintain a good working relationship and have constant communication with local emergency personnel,” Whitson said.