NAPLES, Fla. - The Naples Fire Department's main job is to extinguish flames but WINK News has learned, crews are armed with special tools to cap gas leaks. And they put those tools to the test Thursday morning.
Firefighters were able to secure a gas leak in the 400 block of 5th Avenue South near several shops within minutes. They say a construction crew punctured a hole in the line under ground.
"The guys just went up, knew exactly what to do and took care of it" said Battalion Chief William Moyer.
He said when his firefighters arrive on scene they are equipped with the same tools TECO People's Gas has.
Moyer showed WINK News how they're able to secure the line at the fire departments training facility.
First you spray anti-static to the line, you place the inside part of a sleeve to the line. Then you put the back side of the sleeve over it. Afterwards you tighten the sleeve to make sure it's in place using non-spark tools.
Moyer said firefighters will then back away and give it a few moments and come up with a monitor. He said, "we put our monitor on it make sure its not leaking any gas and we stand by for TECO."
Moyer said TECO will always respond to the scene, but most of the work is done by the time they arrive. "What I say is we're 99.9% secure, they're the ones that give us that 100% to make sure we're right where we need to be" said Moyer.
He said gas leaks are a big deal and are nothing that should be taken lightly. Moyer said the fire department gets a gas call about once a week.
Moyer said other fire departments in the area come to their facility to train with their equipment.