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First Responders Receive LNG Training at Port Canaveral Maritime Firefighting Academy

[ February 12, 2020   //   ]

Firefighters from several Space Coast departments were at the Port Canaveral Maritime Firefighting Academy this week for three days of hands-on exercises and classroom training on firefighting techniques for liquefied natural gas (LNG), the marine fuel that will power the next generation of cruise ships. The Port’s Firefighting Academy training facility was expanded earlier this year to include LNG training for firefighters and shipboard personnel in preparation for the arrival of the first LNG-powered cruise ship at Port Canaveral later this year.
“Port Canaveral has grown tremendously over the last few years and we’re getting ready to homeport North America’s first LNG-powered cruise ship later this year. Enhancing the core capabilities of our first responders is an investment in ensuring the safety and security of our Port,” said Capt. John Murray, Port Director and CEO.
Fire company personnel from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and the U.S. Coast Guard joined firefighters from Space Coast Regional Airport, Brevard County Fire Rescue, Canaveral Fire Rescue, and Malabar, Melbourne, and Cocoa Beach fire departments. The firefighters participated in the advanced training program at no cost to their government entities or departments as part of Port Canaveral’s mutual aid agreements with the surrounding communities.
“The advanced training and realistic scenarios made available to firefighters from our nearby communities ensures they are proficient in their response capabilities for emergency situations ranging from shipboard to space operations,” said Barry Compagnoni, Senior Director, Public Safety and Security with the Canaveral Port Authority.
For nearly three years, the Canaveral Port Authority has been preparing for the onset of LNG fueled cruise vessels. The Port has been working closely with regulatory authorities and investing in infrastructure and personnel training to ensure the safety and security of the Port and surrounding community.

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