Ethanol: It's Not What You Think it is, or is it? - Part 1

Does ethanol burn the same as a gasoline fire or; does it burn more like a propane fire? How many E85 fueling stations are in your response area, if any at all?


Jonathan Riffe is a firefighter for the District of Columbia Fire and EMS Department and the Chief of the Huntingtown Volunteer Fire Department. He has an AAS degree in Fire Science from the College of Southern Maryland and a BS degree in Fire Science from the University Of Maryland University College. He currently teaches Firefighter training through the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute and has assisted in teaching Mayday training at Fire Expo. He has several certifications including Firefighter II, Fire Officer IV, EMT-B, Haz-Mat Tech, and Instructor III.

Larry Patin is a planner with the United States Capitol Police Hazardous Materials Response Team. He is currently the Fire Captain of the Huntingtown Volunteer Fire Department where he also served nine years as Fire Chief. He holds a BS in Emergency Health Services Management. He has been a Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute instructor for the past 18 years and also teaches at Fire Expo and FDIC. He holds a number of certifications including NREMT-P, Fire Office II, Fire Instructor III and HazMat Technician.