Ethanol Emergency Response Training Seminars Announced
(Occupational Health and Safety Online) Free seminars presented by Renewable Fuels Association and Clean Cities Coalitions are taking place around the country this year, including Feb. 10 in the Boston area, to help emergency responders be better prepared.
The Renewable Fuels Association and numerous Clean Cities Coalitions are hosting free Ethanol Safety Seminars in several cities this year. The sessions are mainly for responders, hazmat teams, safety managers, and local emergency planning committees, but they are open to the general public. A $1.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy awarded to them as members of the Alternative Fuels Trade Alliance made this possible.
The goal of the seminars is for attendees to gain a full ethanol emergency response training experience they can use immediately in the field and pass on to other first response teams. Most of the training is based on the Complete Training Guide to Ethanol Emergency Response, a training package created by the Ethanol Emergency Response Coalition.
…Other locations on the schedule are Charlotte, N.C.; Houston and Beaumont, Texas; Portland, Ore.; Stockton, Calif.; Indianapolis; and northeastern Ohio. Because more than half of all U.S. fire departments are volunteer-based, each location will have morning and afternoon sessions to accommodate schedules and reach as many participants as possible. According to RFA, each seminar is conducted with the local Clean Cities Coordinator and taught by a professional trainer with a background in firefighter/hazmat response. READ MORE and MORE (Renewable Fuels Association)