RFA Receives Sixth TRANSCAER® Award for Ethanol Safety Seminars
by Emily Druckman (Renewable Fuels Association) For the sixth consecutive year, the Renewable Fuels Association has received a TRANSCAER® National Achievement Award for hosting a series of seminars last year on ethanol safety and emergency responders.
The TRANSCAER® National Achievement Award is given in recognition of extraordinary achievement by an individual person, company, organization or a team in support of the TRANSCAER® initiative.
In 2017, RFA held 35 ethanol safety seminars and four Train the Trainer events, which trains emergency responders on how to properly respond to an ethanol incident. Additionally, 622 emergency responders completed RFA’s online Ethanol Emergency Response Course in 2017, for a combined nearly 1,000 since the program was launched in August 2016.
Since December 2010, RFA has hosted 230 ethanol safety seminars across 39 states, along with 13 Train the Trainer events, and has trained more than 7,700 emergency responders in total.
Additionally, RFA Technical Services Manager Missy Ruff has received the TRANSCAER® Individual Achievement award for work on both RFA’s new ethanol safety DVD that was released last year and for the ethanol safety seminar and webinar efforts. She previously received the award in 2015, 2013, and 2012.
“We are honored to receive this National Achievement Award, and thrilled that TRANSCAER® has once again recognized Missy’s outstanding efforts to train emergency responders on how to respond to an ethanol emergency,” said RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen. “Safety remains a top priority for our industry and we want to make sure emergency responders are properly trained in the rare event that an accident occurs. We appreciate TRANSCAER®’s recognition of another successful year of safety training and look forward to continuing to educate emergency responders in the months and years to come.”