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The Fusion Center currently offers planning guides, online courses, and information about instructor-led trainings


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Free training to prepare rural/remote responders for hazmat incidents

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Made possible through the Assistance for Local Emergency Response Training (ALERT) grant, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, in partnership with other fire service organizations including the National Volunteer Fire Council, is providing free hazmat training for volunteer and remote emergency responders.

The grant focuses on emergency response activities involving the transportation of crude oil, ethanol, and other flammable liquids by rail. (Stock Image)
The grant focuses on emergency response activities involving the transportation of crude oil, ethanol, and other flammable liquids by rail. (Stock Image)

This grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and specifically focuses on emergency response activities involving the transportation of crude oil, ethanol, and other flammable liquids by rail.

"Safety is our top priority and the ALERT grant will help first responders, especially volunteer firefighters in rural or remote parts of the country, prepare for and respond to incidents involving flammable liquids,” said former U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “It's critical that first responders have the information and training they need to respond to these types of incidents.”

First responders can access information about the trainings and resources developed through the ALERT grant from the National Hazardous Materials Fusion Center. This Fusion Center provides a one-stop shop for the collection, analysis, and dissemination of information about hazmat emergency response. The Fusion Center currently offers planning guides, online courses, and information about instructor-led trainings covering a variety of topics, including rural response to rail incidents, hazmat awareness and operations, hydrogen response, and ethanol and propane emergencies.

Learn more about ALERT training opportunities and available resources at http://www.hazmatfc.org/ALERT.  

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