Safety City is a training area that helps firefighters, natural gas inspectors, and others to detect gas leaks. This can help prevent fire hazards and explosions. Officials claim it’s the first such facility in Mississippi. The new site was unveiled Thursday by officials from Mississippi Public Service Commission and Mississippi Insurance Department. They also gave tours of the mock houses and held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the academy. This area is located close to the Mississippi Fire Academy’s Jackson Campus and includes five mock homes that leak gas in different locations. Brandon Presley, chairman of the Public Service Commission, said Safety City is important because Mississippi has 10,000 miles worth of natural gas pipelines. Presley stated, “We have seen too many cases… where pipeline explosions claim lives and property.” Jasper Bruce, Safety City director, stated that Safety City will soon add training sessions to repair propane tanks and live gas lines. Safety City is one of a few training facilities located on the academy’s 85-acres that simulate fires or hazardous material leakage in buildings, drill towers tanks, rail cars, and tanks. Safety City classes will be offered three days a month, depending on the schedule of the fire academy. They will cover the various scenarios that could lead to gas leaks, the most recent tools and technology to detect them, code compliance, and other topics. Bruce stated that the September class will be the first. Bruce said that the first round of classes is scheduled for September.