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TrainND to Host Hazardous Materials Disaster Preparedness Symposium

Posted: May 22 2017

WILLISTON, N.D. -In its first annual Hazardous Materials Disaster Preparedness Symposium, TrainND welcomes eight presenters from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. June 27, 2017 at its Workforce Training Center. The purpose of this event is to bring industry, public emergency response officials, and interested parties together to share ideas and plans for dealing with a potentially disastrous event and how to prepare for them.

Who should attend?
·    Emergency Response Managers and Planners
·    Industry Safety Managers and Directors
·    Public Safety Personnel
·    Fire and Disaster Response personnel
·    LEPC Leaders and Members
·    Hazmat response team members
·    State and Local Emergency Response Coordinators and Planners
·    Federal emergency response personnel
·    Environmental Health and Safety consultants
·    Hazmat Transportation organization representatives

Early bird registration is $89 and will be available until June 9. After June 9 tickets will be $129 per person. This event has been approved by Williston State College and the ND POST Board for continuing education credits.  Montana law enforcement officers will be able to apply for training credit through the MT POST Board as well.

Registration the day of the event will begin at 7:30 a.m. The University of Utah's Michael Hampton, a Certified Safety Professional and Associate in Risk Management with over 37 years of experience in the development, implementation, and direction of site, regional, and corporate level safety and risk management systems, will open the event at 8 a.m.

TrainND's Workforce Training Center is located at 415 22nd Ave North East, Williston, ND 58801. Hotel accommodations can be made at Hawthorn Suites, 701. 577-3701, for $85/night. Reference HazMat Symposium.

To register please call TrainND at 701.572.2835 or visit

The remainder of the day's agenda consists of the following:

8:15 a.m.-9:10 a.m.
Responding to Rail Incidents
Fire Chief Tim McLean, Casselton Fire Department

Chief McLean will explain how his team responded to the 2013 BNSF Railway train derailment and, subsequently, the release of hazardous materials that occurred in Casselton, ND, and what steps were taken

9:15 a.m.-10:10 a.m.
Railroad Hazmat Incidents: What to Expect
Paul Hester, BNSF Railway

Hester's presentation will establish the best ways to communicate with the railroad and what to expect as it relates to a hazmat response.

10:15 a.m.- 11:10 a.m.
Medical Preparedness for Disaster Response
Dr. Matthew Hughes, University of Utah

Dr. Hughes will speak to best practices on medical aspects of preparation for disaster response teams, communities, and at home.

11:15 a.m.-12:10 p.m.
Hazardous Material Response with Fire Then & Now

Fire Chief Jason Catrambone, Williston Fire Department & Lieutenant Johnny Hoskins, Williston Fire Department
This class will discuss the capabilities of the region when dealing with a Hazardous Materials response. It will go into the response, preparedness, lessons learned, and steps taken since the Red River fire. There will be discussion on the limitations of the department at that time, current capabilities, and use of the NW Regional Response Team, as well as use of the National Guard CST Team.

12:15 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
Lunch Provided

1:00 p.m-1:55 p.m.
Realistic Expectations for Rescue Teams
Steve Dacus, Casper Safety

Conned Space Rescue Teams are not created equal. With the availability of a wide variety of rescue teams throughout North Dakota, assumptions are made regarding their skill level and proficiency. This course will cover the standard knowledge and expectations that every rescue team must possess to actively extricate any victim out of any type of space, and the tools needed to evaluate a team for those who hire them.

2:00 p.m-2:55 p.m.
OSHA & Emergency Response
Michael Hampton, University of Utah

Most emergency management professionals do not think of OSHA when they contemplate their readiness plans. In fact, many professionals aren't even aware that OSHA jurisdictional reach covers firefighters, law enforcement, and public service workers along with private industry. OSHA has specific requirements for plans, preparation, and training when it comes to emergency planning and response. This presentation will explore the various regulatory requirements that must be considered when developing and deploying emergency management plans whether it be in the private or public sector. Specific topics like Emergency Action and Fire Prevention plans along with Hazwoper will be explored and summarized enabling the participant to leave with a better understanding of his/her legal obligations when planning for emergencies.

3:00 p.m-5:00 p.m.
Well Control Incident Management, Emergency, &Hazmat Response Training for Well Blowout Disasters
Ahmed Fakhri, Wild Well Control

This course discusses causes of Rig Site Emergencies & Well Control Situations, current Response Trends in Well Site Operations (drilling, fracking, snubbing, wireline), applications of United Command in well control emergencies, Well Site Incident Management Strategies & Tactics, Environmental Concerns & Hazmat Response, Communication, Leadership & Teamwork, On-Scene Tactical Management, and Well Control Support.

5:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks
Michael Hampton, University of Utah

For any information regarding WSC, please visit,
call 1.888.863.9455, or stop by 1410 University Avenue, Williston, ND.

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