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TrainND Northwest Hosts 3rd Annual Disaster Symposium

Posted: Sep 09 2019

WILLISTON, N.D. - TrainND Northwest will host its third annual Disaster & Emergency Preparedness Symposium from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 26 at its Workforce Training Center located at 415 22nd Avenue Northeast.

This event brings Bakken-area industries, public emergency response officials, and interested parties together to learn about potential disasters and how our communities prepare and respond.  

This year's presenters will focus on various topics including ALICE (Alert-Lockdown-Inform-Counter-Evacuate) active shooter training, DAPL (Dakota Access Pipeline) Lessons Learned, Human Trafficking, Williams County Community Resources, Hazardous Materials Spill Response, Risk/Vulnerability Assessments, and the impact of hazardous waste being dumped into public landfills. 

Who should attend?  

  • - Industry personnel
  • - School personnel
  • - Public service employees
  • - Emergency responders
  • - Community members
  • - All interested parties are welcome  

"We encourage individuals to attend to learn about state and community services available in the event of an emergency and to start the conversation between industry and public services about how to effectively prepare for natural or intentional disasters," explained Tanya Vachal, Business Relations and Sales Manager at TrainND Northwest. "Last year's event attracted a wide variety of industry personnel. This year's symposium will offer one track for oil and gas related industries and another for other industries."  

Tickets purchased in advance are $89 per person. Walk-ins the day of the event are $129 per person. Registration fees are non-refundable but transfers will be honored.  

Doors open at 7 a.m. on September 26. A light breakfast and lunch will be served.

Response equipment on display will include a Command Trailer, Disaster Medical Resource Trailer, Breathing Air, Light, and Spill Response Trailer from Williams County Emergency Management and a spill response equipment from SWAT Consulting Inc.  

The day's agenda consists of the following:  

7:30-8:00 a.m.
Mike Smith | Williams County Emergency Management
Williams County Emergency Management Resources  

8:00-10:00 a.m.
Steve Lundin | 10-Code, LLC
DAPL Pipeline Protest Situation - Lesson Learned  

10:15-11:15 a.m.
Breakout 1
Paul Kerpash | SWAT Consulting Inc.
Strategies and Techniques for Effective Oil Spill Responses  

Breakout 2
Steve Lundin | 10-Code LLC
Vulnerability Threat Assessment Process   

12:30-2:30 p.m.
Breakout 1
Panel Session | Oilfield, Special, and Industrial Waste(s) in Municipal Solid Waste Landfills  

Breakout 2
Natale' Adorni | Montana Law Enforcement Academy
Human Trafficking  

2:45-4:45 p.m.
Sergeant Jacob Koehn | Williston Police Department
Active Threat Response for Civilians  

To register for this event or to pay it forward and purchase a ticket for an essential services worker, please call TrainND Northwest at 701.572.2835.  

If purchasing a ticket for someone, you can choose the person or TrainND Northwest will donate the ticket on your behalf. Essential services workers include: state, county, city, school district, college, nursing home, clinic, and/or hospital employees and volunteer emergency responders.  

For more information on this event, please contact Tanya Vachal at 701.713.3783 or  

For more information, please visit, call 701.572.2835, or stop by 415 22nd Ave Northeast, Williston, ND 58801.

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