RFA announces availability of new training materials

By Renewable Fuels Association | May 12, 2014

The Renewable Fuels Association has unveiled an updated version of “The Training Guide to Ethanol Emergency Response.” This powerful resource was first developed in 2006 to give first responders, hazmat teams, and safety personnel in-depth information on proper training techniques to respond to an ethanol-related emergency.

The training guide has been used at Ethanol Safety Seminars and distributed to more than 10,000 responders worldwide. RFA and TRANSCAER began offering Ethanol Safety Seminars in 2010 and have since held more than 100 Safety Seminars in 21 states. RFA is a national sponsor of TRANSCAER, a national outreach effort focused on helping communities prepare and respond to possible incidents involving the transportation of hazardous materials.

Kristy Moore, vice president of technical services at the RFA and a recent recipient of the TRANSCAER Individual Achievement Award, said, “RFA’s commitment to safety is unwavering. There is no reason that a first responder should have to go into a potentially dangerous scenario unprepared. That is why the Renewable Fuels Association took the initiative by first creating, and now updating, the ‘Training Guide to Ethanol Emergency Response.’”

The updated “Training Guide to Ethanol Emergency Response” continues to include:
- Eight PowerPoint sections covering topics ranging from ethanol’s physical properties to ethanol’s transport and use
- Instructor manuals and participant guides that work in conjunction with the PowerPoint
- Two training videos: “Emergency Response Considerations” and “Responding to Ethanol Incidents

New resources have been added to the “Training Guide to Ethanol Emergency Response”:
- RFA’s “Fuel Ethanol Guidelines for Release Prevention,” which explains environmental response techniques
- Rail Car 101, a PowerPoint showing critical safety equipment on non-pressure railroad tank cars
- 2012 U.S. Department of Transportation Emergency Response Guidebook
- Association of American Railroad’s “Pamphlet 34 – Recommended Methods for the Safe Loading and Unloading of Non-Pressure (General Service) and Pressure Tank Cars
- Association of American Railroad’s “Tank Car Loading and Unloading” video

To attend an upcoming ethanol safety seminar or receive a hard copy of the updated “Training Guide to Ethanol Emergency Response,” please contact safety@ethanolrfa.org. Training materials can also be found on the Ethanol Emergency Response Coalition website.  www.ethanolresponse.com/pages/resources.