Let's hope we never need this class.
A class will be held in Kuna on March 5 to help first responders, government administrators and emergency managers respond more effectively to a freight rail car incident. The Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium will deliver a free Department of Homeland Security-certified course on Sunday, March 5, at the Kuna fire station, 150 W. Boise St.
The class is intended to educate those on the frontlines of defense in their home community on what to do in the event of a rail car incident involving hazardous materials.
In 2008, the Federal Railway Administration reported there were more than 7,000 rail car accidents and incidents — 20 of which involved hazardous materials — requiring the evacuation of over 5,000 people. In the last five years, there have been 166 incidents involving hazardous materials, most of which occurred in rural America, according to the FRA.
The eight-hour, instructor-led course will introduce the rural responder community to basic rail car design and construction features as well as damage assessment strategies to help interpret damage to the rail cars in a hazmat incident. Upon completion of the course, participants will be better prepared to respond to a freight car incident without endangering the health and safety of the responders and the environment.
The course was developed by the Ohio-based University of Findlay, an academic partner of the RDPC, to increase the participants’ knowledge and understanding of safety and hazardous conditions that may exist at the scene, and allow them to become more familiar with safe practices adopted by the railroad industry.
Although no formal prerequisites are required to attend this course, it is highly recommended that participants have a working knowledge of the National Incident Management System before attending.
The Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium is a U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Training and Education Division partnership of academic institutions with a vision of creating an environment wherein rural communities across America will have the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to enhance the safety, security and quality of life for their citizens.
Current members of the Consortium include East Tennessee State University, Eastern Kentucky University, The University of Findlay, Iowa Central Community College, NorthWest Arkansas Community College, and North Carolina Central University. Each of these institutions possesses extensive and unique capabilities relating to rural emergency preparedness training.
All training delivered by RDPC is certified by DHS and is offered tuition-free for a broad scope of stakeholders, including the traditional emergency response disciplines, and other emergency support functions as defined by the National Response Framework, as well as critical infrastructure owners and operators.
For further information, visit the Consortium web site at www.ruraltraining.org. To schedule this or any other RDPC training, contact the RDPC at (877) 855-7372, or contact Natalie Lahti, 422-3417, firstname.lastname@example.org.