Each year there are approximately 20,000-30,000 Hazmat incidents from stationary and mobile sources (source: National Response Center database). Many of these incidents involve multi-agency response in collaboration with private industry. Based on over 45 findings from 12 investigations of the Chemical Safety Board, Hazmat preparedness and response continues to be the most needed safety improvement.
To address the root causes and contributing factors to major chemical incidents, Georgia Tech Research Institute and Alliance Solutions Group have collaborated in developing and delivering two full-day courses that are certified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
MGT 457: On-Scene Crisis Leadership and Decision Making for HazMat Incidents
This FEMA-certified course equips leaders with crisis decision making skills through an in depth understanding of how to improve situational awareness, adapt leadership styles, implement incident command system with multi-agencies and external organizations, and combat stress. The course highlights best practices, situational awareness and decision making models through case studies and interactive learning to achieve effective learning outcomes. Students will review different case studies from incidents involving fertilizer-grade ammonium nitrate (FGAN) and high hazard flammable trains (HHFT).
MGT 458: Building Whole Community Engagement through Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC/TEPC)
This FEMA-certified course strengthens LEPCs by equipping members with a solid understanding of EPCRA requirements, best practices, strategy and systems to conduct effective Hazmat planning and preparedness. The course highlights nation-wide best practices, free modeling software available to support planning, on-line planning tools, applicable federal grants, an assortment of grant-funded LEPC projects to enhance capabilities, and interactive learning to achieve effective learning outcomes. Through several exercises, participants will develop LEPC strategies, conduct a self-assessment, set goals, utilize key references and identify tangible steps to enhancing Hazmat preparedness in their community, with special emphasis on fertilizer grade ammonium nitrate (FGAN) processing and storage and high hazard flammable trains (HHFT).
In 2018, we are conducting these courses at 31 locations. Several hundred participants have completed these courses to date and have provided feedback such as:
“The information on leadership styles and physiological/psychological effects of stress and how to combat them. This will be helpful in my work at PD dispatch”
“This really helped me increase my overall knowledge of LEPC. Learned a great deal about things that will help me enhance our capability”
These courses are accessible to individuals with disabilities. Below is the contact information for requesting courses:
William R. Doyle, firstname.lastname@example.org, 404-407-7621
If you are interested in attending, you can go to www.firstrespondertraining.gov (Course Schedule) to read a more detailed description of the courses and the dates/times they are being offered.