The folks over at USFA.DHS.gov have a brief piece on their emergency responder page reminding people about the free hazmat response training made available through TRANSCAER. They also provide a link to the Spring-Summer 2010 issue of the TRANSCAER newsletter. TRANSCAER is a training organization supported by national railroad and truck associations in concert with organizations supporting hazmat producers and distributors. It provides high-quality hands-on training for first responders in how to respond to transportation incidents where there is a release of hazardous materials.
The newsletter describes a new program TRANSCAER is planning on providing for anhydrous ammonia transportation incidents. The 2011 Anhydrous Ammonia TRANSCAER Training Tour is scheduled to start next February. The target audience for tour events includes emergency responders, agricultural businesses, emergency management officials, public safety representatives, law enforcement agencies, consultants, etc. High-risk chemical facilities handling anhydrous ammonia need to consider working with their local responders to get local access to this training.
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